Introduction to Bingo Calls

For those who are not sure whether it’s two little ducks or two fat ladies, this bingo calls guide will prove essential before playing another game of bingo. It is extremely common for bingo callers to use a variety of words or phrases in place of the actual number which has been drawn out, this is quite often referred to as ‘bingo lingo.’ It might seem a little daunting if you have never heard of, or do not understand this concept, but this easy to understand lingo can be learned pretty quickly.

We have designed a detailed list of phrases from bingo lingo which will be regularly heard in bingo halls across the land, in which we have included all the numbers from 1 to 90. Whilst this list refers to the traditional names for the numbers, it is worth noting that there may be slight variations depending on where you are playing. Bingo lingo tends to remain universal, on the whole, however there might be differences in different localities and some of the best bingo sites inventing their own version of bingo lingo which is exclusive to them.

List of UK Bingo Calls

  1. Kelly’s Eye
  2. One Little Duck
  3. Cup of Tea
  4. Knock at the Door
  5. Man Alive
  6. Tom Mix
  7. Lucky Number Seven
  8. Garden Gate
  9. Doctor’s Orders
  10. Johnson’s Den
  11. Legs 11
  12. One Dozen
  13. Unlucky for Some
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. Young and Keen
  16. Sweet 16
  17. Dancing Queen
  18. Coming of Age
  19. Goodbye Teens
  20. One Score
  21. Key of the Door
  22. Two Little Ducks
  23. Thee and Me
  24. Two Dozen
  25. Duck and Dive
  26. Pick N Mix
  27. Gateway to Heaven
  28. Overweight
  29. Rise and Shine
  30. Dirty Gertie
  31. Get up and Run
  32. Buckle my Shoe
  33. Dirty Knee
  34. Ask for More
  35. Jump and Jive
  36. Three Dozen
  37. More than Eleven
  38. Christmas Cake
  39. Steps
  40. Naughty 40
  41. Time for Fun
  42. Winnie 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. Stuck in the Tree
  54. Clean the Floor
  55. Snakes Alive
  56. Was she worth it?
  57. Heinz Varieties
  58. Make them Wait
  59. Brighton Line
  60. Grandma’s Getting Frisky
  61. Bakers Bun
  62. Turn on the Screw
  63. Tickle Me
  64. Red Raw
  65. Old Age Pension
  66. Clickety Click
  67. Made in Heaven
  68. Saving Grace
  69. Either way up
  70. Three Score and 10
  71. Bang on the Drum
  72. Six Dozen
  73. Queen Bee
  74. Candy Store
  75. Strive and Strive
  76. Trombones
  77. Sunset Strip
  78. Heaven’s Gate
  79. One More Time
  80. Eight and Blank
  81. Stop and Run
  82. Straight on Through
  83. Stop Farting!
  84. Seven Dozen
  85. Staying Alive
  86. Between the Sticks
  87. Torquay in Devon
  88. Two Fat Ladies
  89. Nearly There or Almost There
  90. Top of the Shop

Interesting and quirky variants of bingo lingo

There are some examples of bingo lingo that have a bit more of an interesting back story, for example the lingo associated with the number 10 makes reference to the address, 10 Downing street, which is the residence of the current prime minister. That means that the lingo for number 10 will change according to who is currently in residence at the aforementioned address.

The idea behind this bingo language is to add a little humour to the game, however some of them can be a little saucy, depending on how you interpret them. Take the call for number 69 for example, ‘either way up.’ We’ll leave that up to your imagination!

The history behind the bingo call

The bingo call was an idea which originally came from the attempts of bingo callers to grab the attention of people playing inside a very loud bingo hall, this would keep the players interested. Nowadays, most bingo games are done electronically and so the need for bingo calls has diminished greatly. However, most bingo sites online will still use them as a way of keeping the history of the game alive and well.

With the bingo call being a highly historical concept, some of these names, which find their origins in the 1950s, do not make much sense to the younger generations. An example of this is the call for the number six from back in the day which is ‘Tom Mix.’ This was a reference to an actor who starred in many Western films during the silent movie era, which today’s players would have no knowledge of.

To tackle this issue, holiday camp giant, Butlin’s made an attempt at invented it’s own fresh bingo calls into play in 2003. The idea was to bring the game up to date and make it inclusive fro younger players. Some examples of these new calls were ‘J-Lo’s Bum’ which referred to the number 71. ‘Ali G’ to represent the number 30 and ‘Gareth Gates’ for the number 8.

In more recent years, Mecca Bingo gave another makeover to the traditional bingo lingo in order to bring them even more in line with the times. The original ‘Tom MIx’ was scrapped and ‘Little MIx’ is now being used in his place. The number 8 has even lost it’s associated with Gareth Gates and now goes by the pseudonym ‘Tinder date.’ ‘Selfie Queen’ has taken over for the number 17 and the number 48 can now be heard as being called ‘Tag a mate.’ The most interesting thing about this revamp was that Mecca involved their online players in the decision of the new names by creating polls on social media, and it went down a storm!

Final thoughts

It simply would not be the same to play a game of bingo without the much loved bingo calls, and even with the new ones coming through and the increasing use of electronic bingo, we would like to think that the bingo call will forever be a part of the game. Our favourite bingo call has got to be ‘Grandma’s getting frisky’ as a call for number 60, but for those who prefer something a little less risque, there is still the option to refer to it as ‘five dozen.’

Now that you have a good knowledge of bingo lingo, perhaps you are keen to put it into action. So why not choose a new bingo site to play? This is a great place to hear the calls in action, bag some great bingo deals as well as getting involved in a good old fashioned game of online bingo!