Bingo Calls Explained: What is Bingo Lingo?
If you’re an online bingo player you’ll be familiar with the dulcet tones of bingo callers using funny, well known sayings associated with the number being called. This is known in the trade as Bingo Lingo. Maybe you’ve joined one of our bingo games after browsing through our collection of Online Slot Games or you’re completely new to bingo. It's likely you’ll be confused, at first, hearing strange bingo calls like 88 - Two Fat Ladies. One benefit of playing at Crown Bingo is that you can select to have your tickets to be automatically daubed. On the other hand, you may be a bingo veteran looking to scrub up on your bingo lingo calls for our Bingo Chat. This guide will help everyone straight get to the top of the class.
Where did Bingo start?
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of bingo terminology, perhaps our Crown Bingo players would like to know where the game actually came from? Well, the game has European routes and stems from the Italian Lottery which was originally known as Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia which later changed to Le Lotto. Le Lotto had many of the elements we see in modern-day online bingo, including three horizontal rows of numbers and nine vertical columns across them, but those cards only use five unique numbers. Now the game is well-liked all over the globe, and it gives players an equal chance of winning the full house jackpo
Bingo Lingo: Where did the calls come from?
The rhymes originated in East London in the mid-20th century, where it’s commonplace to use rhymes to communicate ‘hidden messages’. This is known as Cockney Rhyming Slang. Before long these slang phrases were used in bingo halls helping players to differentiate between different numbers as they were called. In a rumbling room of excited bingo revellers numbers such as 40 and 50 can sound similar. Bingo Lingo helps to speed up the game whilst making sure each player hears the number. And, of course, it’s funny! As the popularity of bingo expanded around the UK phrases often took regional meanings. Below you’ll find the full list of bingo phrases, their respective numbers and meanings.
There’s 90 bingo numbers with calls, matching the most popular variation of bingo in the UK, 90 Ball bingo.
Bingo Lingo Calls: The Ultimate Completed List 2020
|Bingo Numbers, Calls and Slang Phrases|
|1. Kelly’s Eye - Military slang, possibly referring to a Ned Kelly’s helmet where the eye slot resembles a number 1.|
|2. One Little Duck - Relating to the shape of a duck which resembles the number 2. Also known as me and you, rhyming with number 2.|
|3. Cup of Tea - Rhymes with number 3. Also known as the romantic rhyme, you and me.|
|4. Knock at the Door - Rhyming with 4.|
|5. Man Alive - Rhyming with 5.|
|6. Tom Mix - Rhyming with number 6. Sometimes known as a ‘Half Dozen’.|
|7. Lucky Seven - 7 is well known as a lucky number, especially in casino slots.|
|8. Garden Gate - Rhymes with 8. Sometimes known as ‘Golden Gate’.|
|9. Doctor’s Orders - Number 9 was a laxative used by army doctors in WW2|
|10. (Prime Minister’s Surname) Den - Refers to whoever currently resides at 10 Downing Street.|
|11. Legs 11 - Referring to the legs resembling legs. Players often wolf whilst in reply.|
|12. One Dozen - 12 is equivalent to a dozen.|
|13. Unlucky For Some - 13 is well known as an unlucky number.|
|14. Valentine’s Day - Referring to the date of Valentine’s Day. Also Commonly known as the lawn mower in reference to original lawn mowers having 14-inch blades.|
|15. Young and Keen - Rhymes with 15.|
|16. Sweet 16 - Referring to the song ‘Sweet Sixteen and Never Been Kissed’. Also known as ‘Never Been Kissed.’|
|17. Dancing Queen - Rhymes with 17 and refers to the popular Abba song ‘Dancing Queen’.|
|18. Coming of Age - 18 is the date a teenager becomes an adult in the UK|
|19. Goodbye Teens - 19 is the page where people are no longer teenagers|
|20. One Score - A reference to darts where 20 units make one score. Also known as Getting Plenty which rhymes with 20.|
|21. Royal Salute - Referring to the 21 gun salute presented and royal and military ceremonies. Also known as ‘key to do the door’ which refers to 21 being the age a person is the age of majority.|
|22. Two Little Ducks - Two number 2’s look like two ducks|
|23. Thee and Me - Rhymes with 23. Sometimes known as ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ referring to the first words of Psalm 23 in the old testament.|
|24. Two Dozen - 12 x 2 = 24 equalling two dozens.|
|25. Duck and Dive - Rhymes with 25 and refers to 2 being the duck, and 5 being an upside down duck.|
|26. Pick and Mix - Rhymes with 26. Sometimes known as A-Z as there are 26 letters in the alphabet.|
|27. Gateway to Heaven - Rhymes with 27. Also known as duck and a crutch relating to the number shape.|
|28. Overweight References the shape of the number 8 and rhymes. Sometimes known as ‘In a State’ as 2 and 8 is slang for state.|
|29. Rise and Shine - Rhymes with 29.|
|30. Dirty Gertie - Derived from the name ‘Gertrude’.|
|31. Get Up and Run - Rhymes with 31.|
|32. Buckle My Shoe - Rhymes with 32.|
|33. Dirty Knee - Rhymes with 33. Also known as all the threes, or fish chips and peas.|
|34. Ask For More - Rhymes with 34.|
|35. Jump and Jive - Referencing the dance step.|
|36. Three Dozen - 12 x 3 is 26 = 3 dozen|
|37. More Than 11 - Rhymes with 37.|
|38. Christmas Cake - A famous cockney rhyming slang phrase.|
|39. Steps - From 39 steps, a famous film.|
|40. Naughty 40 - Referring to the phrase life begins at 40|
|41. Time For Fun - - Again referring to life beginning at 40. Rhymes with 41.|
|42. Winnie the Pooh - Rhymes with 42 and refers to the famous loveable honey-bear.|
|43. Down on Your Knees - Popular phrase from wartime soldiers.|
|44. Droopy Drawers - Rhymes with 4 and refers to sagging trousers.|
|45. Halfway There - Halfway towards 90 balls|
|46. Up to Tricks - Rhyming with 46|
|47. Four and Seven - Reference to the numbers that make up 47.|
|48. Four Dozen - 3 x 12 = 48 equal to four dozen.|
|49. PC - Referring to the famous Police Constable from a 40s tv called ‘Adventures of PC 49’.|
|50. Half a Century - Referring to 50 years being half of a century (100 years). Also known as ‘It’s a bullseye’ relating to hitting the 50 in darts.|
|51. Tweak of the Thumb - Rhyming with 51. Sometimes known as ‘I love my mum’ depending on the region you’re playing.|
|52. Danny La Rue - References famous drag performer Danny La Rue. Otherwise known as a chicken vindaloo, introduced by Butlins, or deck of cards.|
|53. Stuck in the Tree - Rhyming slang|
|54. Clean the Floor - Rhymes with 54, also known as ‘Man at the door’|
|55. Snakes Alive - Figure of the numbers are similar to the shape of snakes, rhymes. Often known as all the 5’s.|
|56. Was She Worth It? - In the 1950s the cost of a marriage license was five shillings and six pence .|
|57. Heinz Varieties - Refers to the famed Heinz 57 slogan by food company, Heinz.|
|58. Make Them Wait - Rhymes with 58.|
|59. Brighton Line - Relates to the two starting numbers of brighton phone area codes.|
|60. Five Dozen - 5 x 12 = 60 equal to 5 dozen.|
|61. Baker’s Bun - Rhyming with 61.|
|62. Turn the Screw - Rhymes with 62. Sometimes known as ‘tickety-boo’.|
|63. Tickle Me 63 - Rhyming phrase.|
|64. Red Raw - Rhymes with 64. Also known as almost retired.|
|65. Old Age Pension - The age males were formally able to collect their pension.|
|66. Clickety Click - Rhymes with the number 66.|
|67. Made in Heaven - Rhyming with 67.|
|68. Saving Grace - Referring to a famous film from around 1986.|
|69. Either Way Up - Describing the opposite shapes of the numbers 6 and 9. Can be known as ‘anyway up’ or ‘a favourite meal of mine’, a rather rude term.|
|70. Three Score and 10 - Describing the total of 3 ‘scores’ ( see number 20) + 10. Why not just stick to saying 70!?|
|71. Bang on the Drum - Rhymes with 71.|
|72. Six Dozen - 6 x 12 = 72 equal to six dozen.|
|73. Queen Bee - Rhymes with 73.|
|74. Candy Store - Rhymes with 74|
|75. Strive and Strive - Rhymes with 75. Also known as the ‘big daddy’ in 75 Ball bingo as 75 is the highest number.|
|76 . Trombones - ‘76 Trombones’ is a popular marching song.|
|77 . Sunset Strip - From the popular 1970s TV show “sunset strip”and often sung by the players|
|78. Heaven’s Gate - 7 meets the golden gate 8 creating heaven’s gate. Sometimes known as 39 above as 39 + 39 = 78.|
|79. One More Time - Rhyming with 79 and a joke in reference to the repetitive nature of bingo calling.|
|80. Eight and Blank - Referring to the numbers that make 8. Also known as Ghandi’s breakfast as he ‘ate nothing’.|
|81. Stop and Run - Rhyming with the number.|
|82. Straight on Through - An expression to mean keep on going however also rhymes with 82.|
|83. Time For Tea - Rhymes with the number 83.|
|84. Seven Dozen - 7 x 12 - 84. Who’s still counting at this point?|
|85. Staying Alive - Referring to the famous Bee-Gees disco hit.|
|86. Between the Sticks - Referring to the position of a goal keeper between the posts.|
|87. Torquay in Devon - Pinpointing the Torquay in Devon as opposed to other Devon’s in the British Empire. Rhymes with 87.|
|88. Two Fat Ladies - A funny saying that pairs the shape of the double 8 with that of ‘two fat ladies’.|
|89. Nearly There - Last number before the final ball|
|90. Top of the Shop - Bingo numbers stop at 90 and this refers to the last number. Sometimes known as ‘end of the line.|
Rhyming Bingo Number Calls based on shapes
11- Legs 11
Referring to the 1’s being a pair of legs which will often receive a wolf whistle from the players.
22 - Two little ducks
The number two looks like a duck, right? So the pair of 2’s make two little ducks.
25 -Duck and Dive
Whilst the 2 looks like a cute little duck, the 5 represents a diving duck upside down.
44 - Droopy Drawers
Another reference to legs that describe a pair of trousers falling down.
69 - Either Way Up
Describes both the 6 and 9 exact opposites of each other.
88 - Two Fat Ladies
One of the funniest and easiest to see. The 8’s refer to the shape of a fat lady.
Rhyming Bingo Calls
There’s a huge number of rhyming bingo calls so here we’ll describe the Crown Bingo favourites.
Number 8 - Garden Gate
Likely referring to a drop of point for gangs and smugglers in the uk.
17 - Dancing Queen
Referring to the well loved Abba Song that everybody knows, Dancing Queen.
51 - Tweak of Thumb / I love My Mum
Because we’d all be useless without mums!
Historical Bingo Calls
1 - Kelly’s Eye
Holding dual historical meanings. One referring to the slit commonly known as Kelly’s Eye in a soldier's helmet. Also relates to the famous Australian gangster, Ned Kelly, famous for his bulletproof armour in his final police standoff in 1880.
9 - Doctor’s Orders
A well known phrase in the UK referring to the number nine pill given out by medics in ww2.
10 - Boris’ 10
This one changes with the times depending on who is running as prime minister in number 10. Known as Maggie's Den, Cameron’s Den and Mays Den in the past.
21 - Royal Salute
A renowned salute used for military and royal ceremonies. It’s a site anyone British person will know.
42 - Winnie The Pooh
Referring to the much loved Winnie The Pooh, the famous honey-bear.
52 Was She Worth It?
The price of a marriage license was five shillings and 6 pence in the 1950s. Women players will usually shout back “Every Penny!”
Bingo Lingo: Classic Bingo Calls
References to dozen
If you can multiply by 12 these numbers should be easy for you to remember. In Bingo we have the half dozen, a dozen, two dozen, three dozen all the way up to 7 dozen! Below are some other traditional bingo nicknames to guide you through your journey. If you can count to 90 you should be good to go!
7 - Lucky Seven
Seven is well known as a lucky number often appearing in the casino. Games such as as Hot Spin Deluxe and other pub fruit style games use 7s as a symbol on their reels.
13 - Unlucky For Some
Popularised as an unlucky number with references such as Friday 13th where ‘everything goes wrong’. Don’t worry - this number can still land!
14 - Valentine’s Day
A reference to the lovers in the crowd that celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.
19 - Coming of Age
A time we all remember. Leaving our teenage days behind.
- Halfway There
The middle number with a total of 90 bingo balls in a 90 ball game.
65 - Old Age Pension
A time many people look forward to meaning they can stop working and begin to relax in their life.
89 - Nearly There
A funny call meaning we’re one number away from the final 90 ball.
90 Top of The Shop / End of The Line
The final ball in a 90 ball game.
Bringing Bingo Calls Online
As you can see from our list many of the bingo calls go back many years with reference to decades such as the 50s and 60s. With the modernisation of bingo being played in pubs and coffee shops it really helps to keep Bingo Lingo alive. As more people play bingo, sayings will become modernised and more relatable. As new terms are coined we'll have phrases and nicknames that mean more to each of us. We will also see a huge increase in regional sayings that mean different things to different people. Part of playing online is that players can be playing from anywhere meaning regional bingo dialect is likely to come in to play!
By playing online and continuing to use bingo lingo we contribute to keep the hilarious, fun and heartwarming game of bingo alive. Compare your favourite bingo calls, regional slang and historic phrases to see who has the funniest nicknames.
Bingo lingo is a huge part of the community, helping to bring bingo players together, have a laugh, a joke and play their favourite game. It's a huge part of the spirit of bingo. At Crown Bingo we want our players to enjoy their games, meet new people and have a great time as is the way with classic bingo halls. Friendship is a huge part of what bingo is about and our bingo chat games help enforce that by bringing people together from anywhere in the country. Whether you play online, at a bar, bingo hall or just with friends you're bound to meet a group of people who will share the love of bingo and hilarity of the bingo lingo calls.
Top Bingo Terms
It would be wrong to start a glossary of terms without mentioning the word Bingo itself. A call which can normally be heard across bingo halls if people match all the correct numbers on their card, or if you’re playing online bingo it’s something you’ll see a player type in the chat box to show other players they’ve been successful.
75 ball bingo
This is the bingo game we generally associate with the US, and the cards used in this game have five lines across them which include 24 numbers, which players will need to match to either complete one line or a full house.
80 Ball Bingo
Here at Crown Bingo, we offer an 80 Ball Bingo variant where our players can enjoy a simplified variant of our player favourite 90 ball bingo. A new online bingo game that takes popular facets of the 90 ball game, creating a new coherent version of the bingo game. The card may look slightly different to that of the 90 ball bingo game, however the card is split across a 4x4 layout containing random numbers from 1-80.
90 ball bingo
This type of online bingo is typically called UK bingo, and it involves players having cards with different selections of numbers between 1 and 90. Tickets for this game normally include 15 numbers across three lines which they will need to match to win a prize. The term 90-ball comes from the fact that if a player has a full strip of cards (usually six), they will include every number from 1-90.
When purchasing an online bingo card, players can just buy one 1 ticket to take part in our bingo games, unless its a specific game type, for example fair and square where every player can only buy 6 tickets to take part.
Because the numbers called in online bingo are randomly generated, there is a chance there could be multiple winners of a line or a full-house. If this turns out to be the case, the prize fund will be split evenly between each of the winning cards.
As is the case with an online slot, many bingo games also offer a progressive jackpot which will grow in size following a specific session or game until one lucky player wins the entire jackpot.
Bingo Card or Ticket
Depending on whether you play bingo in a hall or from the comfort of your own home, you’ll need to buy a bingo card to play either a 75-ball and 90-ball game.
In many online bingo games, this is the first winning opportunity that players will have. What this means is that you’ll need to match all of the numbers on one line of your bingo card with those that have been called, if you can successfully do this, you’ll be awarded a cash prize.
Players can achieve a full house in any bingo game by successfully marking off all the numbers on their bingo card.
At the start of every Bingo game, it's common for the caller to say “eyes down” to draw a players attention and ensure they’re prepared if they’re marking cards in a bingo hall.
Whether you’re playing traditional bingo or online bingo, there will be a person calling out each number as it's drawn. In bingo halls, these calls can be accompanied by some comical rhymes associated with each of the numbers, whereas in online bingo, the numbers are drawn by a random number generator and then relayed to the players.
If you’re like many of our Crown Bingo players, you’ll like to have a bit of a chin wag between your rounds of 75 or 90 ball bingo, and if you’re playing online bingo, then the chat room is the perfect place to do it. Entering a chat room associated with a specific game or bonus can see you meet with like-minded players, and here at Crown Bingo we also offer our royal subjects the chance to playin our chat bingo rooms where you could win a bingo bonus or free spin on one of our collection of online slots.
Chat Game Glossary
Now you know all there is to everything about bingo lingo calls we have listed some of the most popular acronyms used in bingo chat's to make sure you can talk easily with your bingo friends.
|1TG One bingo ball to go|
|2TG Two bingo ball to go|
|3TG Three bingo ball to go|
|ASAP As Soon As Possible|
|BRB Be Right Back|
|BTW By The Way|
|CYA See you later, bye|
|GG Good Game|
|HB Hurry Back|
|3TG Three bingo ball to go|
|LOL Laugh out Loud|
|NP No Problem|
|OMG Oh My Gosh|
|TY Thank You|
|WD Well Done|
|YW You're Welcome|
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