People are debating the name of the game where you knock on someone’s door and run away

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th April 2021

A viral thread on Twitter has got the world divided over the correct name for the game where you knock on someone’s door and run away.

Can you even believe this is a debate?

Apparently, the popular childhood game, or we should probably say prank, that’s entertained generations of kids the world over and most of us Mancunians fondly know as ‘knock a door run’, is actually called a number of different names across the country and the globe.

No matter how self-explanatory the name ‘knock a door run’ seems to be, it’s just not enough for some people.

The regional variations for the name of the game was uncovered and brought to the surface this week when Twitter user @55_Titles took to the social media platform to pose the simple question to their followers: “When you were younger what did you call it when you knock on someone’s door and run away?”


And it all kicked off.

The tweet went on to amass over 2.4K varied responses from people chipping in with the name they’ve always known it as, and although ‘knock a door run’ does get thrown into the mix a fair bit, there’s plenty of other names we could never have imagined.


To be honest, it’s quite baffling.

How have they even come up with some of these names?

Everything from ‘chappy’ and ‘Nicky knocky nine doors’, to ‘ding dong ditch’, ‘bobby knocking’ and ‘cherry knocking’ were brought up several times.


‘Chickenely’ and ‘rappa doors’ made a couple of appearances too.

But for reasons no one seemed to be able to explain though, ‘knock down ginger’ was the most popular choice for several regions.

While most people replied with their genuine responses to the question, others took the opportunity to have a pop at the country’s various delivery services, which it’s hard to deny is quite funny.

One joked: “Hermes delivery.”

While another put: “Today it’s called – Royal Mail Delivery.” and a third added: “I don’t know what they used to call it, but these days it’s called parcel delivery service”.

Perhaps there’s just no right answer after all then?