The Bingo Lingo You Need to Know!

The Bingo Lingo You Need to Know!

Bingo is a relatively simple game to learn and play, which means there is nothing at all daunting about giving it a try. With the online version being more accessible than ever before and even available on mobile, you can play real money bingo without ever leaving the sanctuary of your home.

While the game itself has come a long way since its days as the national lottery in Italy and moved from church halls and recreation centres at retirement homes, the bingo calls or lingo used is the one thing that has stayed the same.

Initially created and used by bingo callers to add humour and excitement to the game, it is still incorporated into both the online and live casino games in the UK with each of the 75 or 90 numbers having a quirky nickname.

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The lingo used in bingo tracks the progress and popularity of the game throughout history, with many numbers made up of rhyming slang, bawdy jokes and military references as it became more popular with the troops.

Kelly’s Eye, for example, refers to Ned Kelly’s helmet which bore a symbol that looked like an eye while other calls have a response like Lucky Legs Eleven, to which players whistle when it is called.

Here are the quirky names for the bingo balls in the 90 number version of the game.

  1. Kelly’s eye
  2. One little duck
  3. Cup of tea
  4. Knock at the door
  5. Man alive
  6. Half a dozen
  7. Lucky seven
  8. Garden gate
  9. Doctor’s orders
  10. (Current Prime Minister)’s den
  11. Lucky legs eleven
  12. One dozen
  13. Unlucky for some
  14. Valentines day
  15. Young and keen
  16. Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed
  17. Dancing queen
  18. Coming of age
  19. Goodbye teens
  20. One score
  21. Royal salute – key of the door
  22. Two little ducks
  23. Thee and me
  24. Two dozen
  25. Duck and dive
  26. Pick and Mix
  27. Gateway to Heaven
  28. In a state – overweight
  29. Rise and shine
  30. Dirty Gerty
  31. Get up and run
  32. Buckle my shoe
  33. Dirty knee – all the threes
  34. Ask for more
  35. Jump and jive
  36. Three dozen
  37. More than eleven
  38. Christmas cake
  39. 39 steps
  40. Life begins
  41. Time for fun
  42. Winne-the-Pooh
  43. Down on your knees
  44. Droopy drawers
  45. Halfway there
  46. Up to tricks
  47. Four and seven
  48. Four dozen
  49. PC
  50. Half a century
  51. Tweak of the thumb
  52. Danny La Rue
  53. Here comes Herbie – stuck in a tree
  54. Clean the floor
  55. Snakes alive
  56. Shotts bus
  57. Heinz varieties
  58. Make them wait
  59. Brighton line
  60. Five dozen
  61. Baker’s bun
  62. Turn the screw – tickety boo
  63. Tickle me sixty-three
  64. Red Raw
  65. Old-age pension
  66. Clickety click
  67. Stairway to Heaven
  68. Saving grace
  69. Favourite of mine
  70. Three score and ten
  71. Bang the drum
  72. Six dozen
  73. Queen bee
  74. Hit the floor
  75. Strive and strive
  76. Trombones
  77. Sunset strip
  78. Thirty-nine more steps
  79. One more time
  80. Eight and blank or Gandhi’s breakfast (because he ate nothing)
  81. Stop and run
  82. Straight on through
  83. Time for tea
  84. Seven dozen
  85. Staying alive
  86. Between the sticks
  87. Torquay in Devon
  88. Two fat ladies
  89. Nearly there
  90. Top of the shop

The number 10 call is changed to match the name of the British Prime Minister and refers to Number 10 Downing street while number 17 refers to Abba’s hit song, Dancing Queen who is 17 years old.

‘Shott’s bus’ refers to the number of the one-time bus route that travelled from Glasgow to Shotts in North Lanarkshire.

Now that you know everything there is to know about online bingo, you can play like a pro and show off your skills at the local gaming hall in your area or at a recommended online bingo site now!