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#31 of 48 Old 06-29-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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Door bell ditching is a national pastime in the Netherlands. Not only that, but every house is outfitted with the loudest most obnoxious doorbell that can be heard for miles around.
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could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
Nickey-nine door? I have no idea why that's bad.

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Nickey-nine door? I have no idea why that's bad.
Yeah seriously! I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of racist, misogynistic and homophobic terms and this really isn't registering. (Maybe not something I should be proud of...)
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I'm just going to chime in for the fun of it -- I have no idea what this game would be called because I actually never heard of it until just now reading this thread!

I guess we grew up sheltered...
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We used to call that "Nickey-Nine-Door"... but we never did it since I grew up in the country and the only door around was our own... we rarely got company, so if there was a knock at the door, no one would get it, we'd just all look at each other and say "what was that odd knocking sound?"

We called it that too.
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We called it "knicky-knicky-nine-door". According to the Wikipedia article posted earlier, that's the common name for it in Canada. I'd never heard it called anything else until this thread.

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my dh (from AB, Canada) called it nicky-nicky-nine-door (and from the wikipedia description it wasn't racist at all) and in California we called it doorbell ditching.

still wondering how this term is racist...or was it "knock down ginger" you were wondering about? That one, according to wikipedia, was also not racist, if it makes you feel any better...

Most people have uttered a phrase and then had that moment of "OH! THAT'S what that means! " -- I had the pleasure of using an anti-semitic phrase when I was about 13 right to my jewish friend and being totally mortified when she said "what did you say?" and I rewound...thought for a minute...and then the realization hit me that I needed to start assessing my acquaintences a little more closely... it's an awful feeling!

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We always called it "Ding Dong Ditch" as well, I don't remember ever hearing a racial slur term for it (but I was quite naive about racial slurs as a child as my parents did not use them at all - I wasn't exposed to them).

I am glad you told your kids to stop, a few years ago when I was living in S. Florida, there was a 16 year old doing that with his friends (sadly enough on the night of his birthday). The homeowner heard him at the door and claimed that he thought he was an intruder. The homeowner shot the kid in the back and killed him.
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Weird! This just happened to us a few nights ago.

What bothered me, was they didn't just knock or ring and run. They POUNDED on the door at 9:30 at night. It woke the baby and scared the living shit out of me. Like, I shrieked and was really scared.

My DH is major pacifist. Nothing riles him, nothing gets to him. He stormed out of the house and found the boys and their father. He was so pissed and told the father how much it had scared us. (This Dad did nothing of course...par for the course with these neighbors)

I could actually see how someone could get shot....
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I never played Ding Dong Ditch but I played Mailbox Baseball a couple times.
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Door Bell ditch for me, heard other variations but nothing derogatory only really thought it was that fun when I was 8 :P

as for mailbox baseball we used pumpkins instead of bats, missed most of the time though, so people would wake up to an orange gourd smear across their driveway
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Nicky Nicky Nine Doors here, too. I have no idea what it means... apparently nothing, so far as anyone can tell. How typically Canadian

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We used to call that "Nickey-Nine-Door"...
Yep same as me.
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I never played any of these games, but I knew of them. I never knew their names.

My parents told us, when we were children, that they played games like this. One was putting a tooth pick in the door bell to wedge it so it would keep making noise. Another was to put a flaming bag of dog poop, so that the person would stomp on it to put it out and get poop on their feet/shoes.

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It was "ding-dong ditching" when I was a teen, but we'd always leave cookies or some other treat at the door...

Personally, I like your son's version a bit better, but I'm a prankster at heart.
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OMG!! That was so much fun - I love ding dong ditching when I was a kid :-) I agree with the PP that it's too bad there aren't many kids out running around our neighborhoods on a warm summer evening.

I LOVE the cookie idea!

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Okay, I know I am late. But such fond memories of my days playing

Knicky Knicky Nine Doors

I remember when I was a kid, you had knock on nine doors to win. I always thought someone was named Nicky.....

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