People are only just realising that famous door knock has a name – but do you know what it's called? | The Sun

THANKS to TikTok, we’re always learning something new – a different way to clean, an insane mum hack, or the real meaning of a well-known phrase. 

But now one man has shared his latest revelation – and people can’t believe they didn’t know the truth either. 

Calum, known online as @calumdilieto, regularly shares entertaining TikTok videos with his 20,000 followers. 

In a new reel, he shares how he discovered the well-known rhymical knock, involving seven beats and a pause before the final two, had a name. 

“So can we talk about the fact that I was today years old when I found out that this knock… has a name? What? 

“I was watching Netflix with the subtitles on, which is a new thing for me. 


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“Lots of people do that. Why? Why do you do that? 

“Anyway, I’ve started to do it and someone knocked like that. 

“They knocked like that and it came up in the subtitles, the name of that knock. 

“I have since researched it, and it has a name. 

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“What? What? What? What? 

“Apparently, the name of said knock is the ‘shave and a haircut’.”

Calum then sings while tapping out the knock: “Its 'shave and a haircut, two bits'.

“Two bits back in the day was American for 25 cents and then in the UK, it was a ‘shave and a haircut, five bob’ which was I don’t know, shillings, something in shillings. 

“Anyway, this has f****** blown my mind. Is this just me? 

“This has blown my actual mind. 

“Annoyingly though, the origin isn’t quite clear. Like I’ve been looking and I can’t seem to find how it originated. 

“Some are saying Morse Code, some are saying it was used in a song in the 1890s. 

“I need to know. I need to know the history. 

“Now that I know some of it, now that I know it has a name, I want to know where that name came from, okay? Where has it come from?” 

Singing again, he adds: “Where did you come from, tell me?” 

Fans loved the TikTokker’s revelation, with the video gaining more than 13,900 likes and 208,000 views. 

In the comments, some of Calum’s followers were just as surprised, with one writing: “This was an interesting post, I never knew that knock had a name.”

Although it wasn’t news to all, as one wrote: “Yes. We know.”

Another said: “Is shave and a haircut seriously not a well known thing? I sing it everytime I knock.”

A third added: “Yes I actually did know this and learnt it only when I watched who framed roger rabbit !”

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Others offered up explanations of where the famous knock came from, with one writing: “It originated with barbershop quartets and groups, part of letting them perform they'd advertise services in between songs, there's a tune as well.”

Another said: “The original is a tune called ‘At a Darktown Cakewalk’ (1899), & in 1939 Milton Berle did a skit with ‘Shave and a Haircut’ called shampoo.”

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