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What are ring knockers?

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May 27, 2009 1:56PM

Ringknocker is a derisive term for an officer who graduated from a military academy, so called because such officers would draw attention to the themselves by rapping their heavy class rings against a table. The term implies that the officer is overly proud of his/her academic achievements but lacks practical experience.