TikTok Is Just Finding Out the “Shave and a Haircut” Knock Is Called That

This is one of those things people knew 30 years ago, but less and less now:  TikTok’s new obsession-of-the-day is the “shave and a haircut” knock, and the fact that it has that NAME.

A TikToker in England was watching Netflix with subtitles on when someone knocked on a door, and the subtitles said it was the “shave and a haircut knock.”

He knew the knock itself, but not the name or the song that goes with it.  So he had to look it up.  He posted a video about what a weird name it is, and what the “two bits” part at the end means.  It was an old-timey term for a quarter.

A bunch of people in the comments didn’t know either, and not just young people.  A few folks in their 50s had no idea.

If you were a kid in 1988, you might know it from the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”  There’s a whole scene about how the “toon” characters can’t resist singing “two bits” if you do the knock.

For everyone who DID know, here’s a bonus fact:  In England, they don’t sing “two bits”, they sing “five bobs,” which used to mean “five shillings.”

(Here’s the TikTok video.  Warning!  There’s an F-bomb at 1:08.)


MIND BLOWN 🤯 #knockknock #mindblown #thingsididntknow #shaveandahaircut #shaveandahaircuttwobits #shaveandahaircutknock

♬ original sound – Calum Di Lieto


(NY Post / Unilad)