Bingo Lingo

Regular bingo players will be familiar with bingo lingo, the language and terms used bby bingo callers traditionally in land based bingo clubs whereby numbers called are associated with a particular phrase such as Two Little Ducks = 22.

If you’ve ever wandered what bingo lingo is used for each number, then here’s the most common phrases associated with each bingo call.

NumberNicknameExplanation
1Kelly’s EyeThe pun is military slang; possibly a reference to Ned Kelly, from Ned Kelly’s helmet, the eye slot resembling the number 1. Also after the Valiant comic strip “Kelly’s Eye” where the eponymous Kelly possessed a magic amulet.
2One little duck.From the resemblance of the number 2 to a duck; see ’22’
Me and youRomantic rhyme
3Cup of teaRhymes with “Three”
You and meRomantic rhyme
4Knock at the doorRhymes with “Four”
5Man aliveRhymes with “Five”
6Tom MixRhymes with “Six”. After Tom Mix, a star of silent-era Westerns
Half a dozenA common phrase meaning six units (see “12” below)
7Lucky7 is considered a lucky number in some cultures
8Garden gateRhymes with “Eight”
9Brighton line A reference to the British railway line running from London Victoria and London Bridge to Brighton
Doctor’s OrdersNumber 9 was a laxative pill given out by army doctors in WWII.
10(Boris’s) DenThe name refers to whoever currently resides at Number 10 Downing Street.
11Legs elevenA reference to the shape of the number resembling a pair of legs, often chicken legs specifically. The players often wolf whistle in response.
12One dozenA reference to there being 12 units in one dozen.
13Unlucky for someA reference to 13 being an unlucky number.
14The LawnmowerThe original lawnmower had a 14-inch blade.
15Young and KeenFifteen rhymes with keen
16Never been kissedAfter the song Sweet Sixteen and Never Been Kissed
17Dancing QueenABBA’s song Dancing Queen has the number mentioned in the lyrics.
18Coming of AgeEighteen is the age of maturity in the UK.
19Goodbye TeensNineteen is the age after which people stop being teenagers.
20One ScoreA reference to there being 20 units in one score.
Getting PlentyRhymes with “Twenty”
21Key of the DoorThe traditional age of majority.
22Two little ducksThe numeral 22 resembles the profile of two ducks. Response is often “quack, quack, quack”.
23The Lord is My ShepherdThe first words of Psalm 23 of the Old Testament
Thee and MeRhymes with 23
24Two dozen12 × 2 = 24. See 12.
25Duck and diveRhymes with “(Twenty) Five”, and is made up of a “2” – resembles a duck, and a “5” – resembles an upside-down “2”.
26Two and six, half a crownPre-decimalised currency in the UK. (See half crown)
A to ZA reference to the fact that there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet
27Duck and a crutch.The number 2 looks like a duck (see ‘2’) and the number 7 looks like a crutch.
28In a state.“Two and eight” is rhyming slang for “state”.
OverweightRhymes with 28.
29Rise and ShineRhymes with “(Twenty) Nine”
30Burlington BertieReference to a music hall song of the same name composed in 1900, and a more famous parody (Burlington Bertie from Bow) written in 1915 specifically the line: “I’m Burlington Bertie I rise at ten-thirty”.
Dirty GertieCommon rhyme derived from the given name Gertrude, used as a nickname for the statue La Delivrance installed in North London in 1927. The usage was reinforced by Dirty Gertie from Bizerte, a bawdy song sung by Allied soldiers in North Africa during the Second World War.
31Get Up and RunRhymes with “(Thirty) One”
32Buckle My ShoeRhymes with “(Thirty) Two”
33All the threes
Fish, chips and peas
34Ask for MoreRhymes with “(Thirty) Four”
35Jump and JiveA dance step
36Triple dozen3 x 12 = 36. Refer to 12 above
38Christmas cakeCockney rhyming slang
39StepsFrom the 39 Steps
40Life Beginsrefers to the proverb ‘life begins at forty’
43down on your kneesThis was a phrase that was made popular during wartime by soldiers.
44Droopy drawersRhyme that refers to sagging trousers
45Halfway thereBeing halfway towards 90
46up to tricksrhyming
48Four Dozen4 x 12 = 48. Refer to 12 above.
49PCRefers to the BBC Radio series “The Adventures of PC 49”. Usual response is “Evening all”.
50It’s a bullseye!Referring to the darts score.
5 – 0, 5 – 0, it’s off to work we goReferring to Snow White
52Danny La RueA reference to drag entertainer Danny La Rue. Also used for other numbers ending in ‘2’ (see ’72’ below).
Chicken vindalooIntroduced by Butlins in 2003.
Deck of CardsNumber of cards in a deck
53Here comes Herbie53 is the racing number of Herbie the VW Beetle. Players may reply “beep beep”!
54Man at the doorRhymes with “(Fifty) Four”
55All the fivesGed Kelly
56Shotts BusRefers to the former number of the bus from Glasgow to Shotts.
Was She Worth It?This refers to the pre-decimal price of a marriage licence in Britain, 5/6d. The players shout back “Every Penny”
57Heinz VarietiesRefers to “Heinz 57”, the “57 Varieties” slogan of the H. J. Heinz Company.
59The Brighton LineQuote from The Importance of Being Earnest.Also, 59 was the starting 2 digits of all original Brighton telephone numbers[citation needed].
60Grandma’s getting friskyPretty close to a rhyme with ‘sixty’
62Tickety-booRhymes with “(Sixty) Two”
63Katie’s bad kneeReference to the Warwickshire resident of the same name – local use only.
64Almost retiredA reference to the former British male age of mandatory retirement – specifically being one year away from it.
65Retirement age, Stop workA reference to the former male British age of mandatory retirement.
66Clickety clickRhymes with “(Sixty) Six”
67Stairway to HeavenCoined by Andrew “CIP” Lavelle
68Pick a MateCoined by Edward James Mackey II
69Anyway up, Meal for Two, A Favourite of mineA reference to the 69 sex position.
71Bang on the DrumRhymes with “(Seventy) One”
72Danny La RueRhymes with “(Seventy) Two”
73Queen Bee. Under The Tree. Lucky 3Rhymes with “(Seventy) Three”
74Hit the FloorCoined by Ann Fitzsimons
76Trombones“Seventy-Six Trombones” is a popular marching song, from the musical The Music Man.
77Two little crutchesThe number 77 resembles 2 little “Crutches”
Sunset StripFrom the 1960s television series “77 Sunset Strip”. Usually sung by the players.
7839 more steps39 + 39 = 78. Refer to 39 being “39 steps” above.
80Gandhi’s Breakfast“Ate nothing”
81Fat Lady with a walking stickThe number 8 is supposed to visually represent a lady with ample bosom and hips, while the number 1 is supposed to visually represent a walking stick
83Time for TeaRhymes and scans
84Seven dozen7 x 12 = 84. Refer to 12 being “a dozen” above
85Staying aliveRhymes with “(Eighty) Five”
86Between the sticksRhymes with “(Eighty) Six”. Refers to the position of goalkeeper in football.
87Torquay in DevonRhymes with “(Eighty) Seven”. Torquay which is in the county of Devon, rather than one of several other Torquays which were elsewhere in the British Empire.
88Two Fat LadiesThe number 88 visually represents a lady next to another lady. Refer to 81 above. Players can reply with ‘Wobble, wobble.’
89Nearly there89 is one away from 90 (the end of the bingo numbers).
Almost there
90Top of the shop90 is the highest (top) number in bingo. Shop refers to the entire game of bingo (and also rhymes with “top”).
Originally extracted from Wikipedia.org
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