One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The production of rapping or knocking sounds, attributed to spirits attempting to communicate, especially on a table during a seance; (also more generally) spiritualism, the practice of attempting to communicate with spirits.
That practises or engages in table-rapping.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Bible & People. From table + rapping<br>mid 19th century. From table + rapping, after table-rapping.
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