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So my son was knocking on people's doors and running away the other day. We found out about it and made certain he knows it's not OK. But that got me thinking: Are there non-racist terms for that activity? I know two terms for doing that. Both of them contain horrible racial slurs. I don't understand why that is somehow linked with racism but I know I can't very well use those terms when talking about it "in public".
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We always called it "Ring and Run!"
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We always called it "Ring and Run!"
Nice!!! Much better!
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my kids call it ding dong ditch. ds2 did it one time, and learned well it was not a fun activity when he was caught by that neighbors dad. but the bad thing is i was secretly laughing inside that he did it. those neighbors were awful and always causing us trouble.
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i was secretly laughing inside that he did it.
Yeah, I think that is funny and fairly harmless, although I am sure I will have to make a big deal and act really upset when my kids inevitably participate in "knock and run" (not many people around here have doorbells -- frankly, there aren't very many people around here, thus not many doors, either.

Don't be too hard on him, Sir...it's kind of funny. At least he didn't throw eggs or toilet paper trees. What a mess!
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I've always known it by ding dong ditch.

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Yeah, I think that is funny and fairly harmless, although I am sure I will have to make a big deal and act really upset when my kids inevitably participate in "knock and run" (not many people around here have doorbells -- frankly, there aren't very many people around here, thus not many doors, either.

Don't be too hard on him, Sir...it's kind of funny. At least he didn't throw eggs or toilet paper trees. What a mess!
yeah I have the whole "it's not respectful to do that" speech. i am fairly certain he was just showing off for the cute girl
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doorbell ditching is what I've heard it called.
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I've always known it by ding dong ditch.
thats what i called it when i was young too
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yup, thats all ive ever heard is ding dong ditch.... what else is it? when someone has a doorbell that is!


the almost 17yo that lives here was doing it the other day and made me mad, i hit my head on my metal front door and about wanted to umm..do something not so nice to him then! ugh...
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OMG where do you live? My younger brother and some friends just got caught this past week for doing that...they tried to record it on his friends cell phone and they were gonna put it on youtube and try to win something....the guy's house who they rang the door bell came out and caught them and took his friends cell phone and called his parents...i'm lol...it was so funny they got caught...

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I've always known it by ding dong ditch.
me too
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Woe! Where the heck do you live! ? How sad!!!!

It's simply known as ding dong ditch here, although there are nearly no children out around my area unsupervised (which I find sad, reallly).

I really do not want to know where you are from, or what you folks call it. I am going to unsub right now so I can be spared the crud.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_down_ginger

i really apoligize if what we called it as children is wrong, but we were children and no one told us differently.
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We called it ding dong ditch. It wasn't until I was older i heard the offensive version.

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i've heard ding dong ditch, and when we were little our next door neighbors called it by a different name (the aforementioned racist slur).

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could someone please explain what it means? I had no idea honestly.
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Huh, I never heard "ding dong ditch" until I was older; it was always the racial slur when I was a kid. Yeesh.
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could someone please explain what it means? I had no idea honestly.
I've never heard of your version, but the racial slur I've heard of is the 'n word' knocking. Not sure where it even came from, but I'm GLAD I never knew that version when I was little and when I did hear it I was old enough to know it was wrong.

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I've never heard of your version, but the racial slur I've heard of is the 'n word' knocking. Not sure where it even came from, but I'm GLAD I never knew that version when I was little and when I did hear it I was old enough to know it was wrong.

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Huh, I never heard "ding dong ditch" until I was older; it was always the racial slur when I was a kid. Yeesh.
Some here (N knocking) I grew up in Oregon.

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i am embarrased to say that is what it was called when i was growing up... i grew up in oregon too.
i heard ding dong ditch in "monster house" lol


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Some here (N knocking) I grew up in Oregon.
Me too. My brother picked up the term "sp%%k and scram" when he lived in New Mexico.

I've wondered since I was a child how racial slurs could get involved in such a thing.
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I remember the racial slur term for it too (God, I had completely forgotten about that.) We called it "Ding and Run," though.

Nowadays, it would freak me out if my doorbell rang and no one was there (and I'm home with 2 little ones.) I'd be paranoid all day 'cause I haven't even thought about that game in years!

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Growing up we called it ding dong ditch in SC. This was a farely racist area It wasn't until I moved back into another black neighbor hood in MO did I hear it refer to "N" knocking. My ex-bil who is black laughed that we called it ding dong ditch instead of "N" knocking. : :
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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?"

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Woe! Where the heck do you live! ? How sad!!!!

It's simply known as ding dong ditch here, although there are nearly no children out around my area unsupervised (which I find sad, reallly).

I really do not want to know where you are from, or what you folks call it. I am going to unsub right now so I can be spared the crud.
could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
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could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
What did you call it? Looking through I couldn't tell.
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What did you call it? Looking through I couldn't tell.

the poster dadinblue posted what we called it. (i'm afraid to post it again)
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