Wordy Wednesday – “Knock, knock, knock!”

We all love a great knock knock joke. But do you know where the phrase “knock knock, who’s there” originated from? It was actually Shakespeare, in Macbeth.

Porter:
Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of Hell Gate,
he should have old turning the key. [Knock] Knock, knock,
knock! Who’s there
, i’ th’ name of Belzebub? . . . [Knock] Knock,
knock! Who’s there,
in th’ other devil’s name?
Act 2, Scene 3, 1-8

Even though this phrase was not meant as a joke in Macbeth, we can still thank our good friend Shakespeare for this great quote.

Comments ( 1 )
  1. Lisa

    Knock Knock!
    Who’s there?
    Banana?
    Banana who?

    Knock Knock!
    Who’s there?
    Banana?
    Banana who?

    Knock Knock!
    Who’s there?
    Banana?
    Banana who?

    Knock Knock!
    Who’s there?
    ORANGE?
    Orange who?
    Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

    …remember that one? 😀

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