Do you know your bingo lingo?
Bingo lingo is a term used to describe bingo numbers before the actual number of the bingo ball is mentioned. The lingo is used to make the game more interesting and it helps give bingo players more time when marking their cards. When playing offline bingo you have to mark your cards manually and you only have a few seconds between number calls to mark them. A trained bingo player is able to tell which number is next with just the lingo that comes before it. E.g. if the bingo caller was to say “knock at the door”, a trained bingo player would know to mark the number 4 without the caller saying the whole lingo: Knock at the door…number 4.
When playing online bingo, your cards are marked for you so you do not need these precious seconds between numbers, for this reason some online bingo sites take out these rhymes and phrases before numbers for a way to speed up games. For some people however, they enjoy these little catchphrases and prefer bingo sites that use them.
Below are the most common bingo names used for each bingo number, each bingo site and bingo hall may differ from each other and some even make up their own bingo lingo.
The Bingo Lingo
1. Kelly`s eye | Blind one - On its own, number one.
2. Me and you | One little duck - On its own, number two.
3. You and me - On its own, number three.
4. Knock at the door - On its own, number four.
6. Tom`s tricks - On its own, number six.
7. God`s in heaven | Lucky seven - On its own, number seven.
8. One Fat Lady - On its own, number eight.
9. Doctor`s orders - On its own, number nine.
10. Tony`s Den - One oh, ten.
11. Legs eleven - All the ones, eleven.
12. One dozen | A monkey`s cousin (rhymes with "a dozen") - One and two, twelve.
13. Unlucky for some | Devil`s number | Bakers dozen - One and three, thirteen.
14. Valentines day - One and four, fourteen.
15. Rugby team | Young and keen - One and five, fifteen.
16. Sweet sixteen | Never been kissed - One and six, sixteen.
17. Often been kissed | Dancing Queen - One and seven, seventeen.
18. Key of the door | Coming of age - One and eight, eighteen.
19. Goodbye teens - One and nine, nineteen.
20. Getting plenty | Blind 20 - Two oh, twenty.
21. Key of the door - Two and one, twenty one.
22. Two little ducks - All the twos, twenty two.
23. Thee and me | The Lord is my Shepherd - Two and three, twenty three.
24. Two dozen - Two and four, twenty four.
25. Duck and dive - Two and five, twenty five.
26. Bed and breakfast | Half a crown | Pick and mix - Two and six, twenty six.
27. Little duck with a crutch | Gateway to heaven - Two and seven, twenty seven.
28. In a state | Over weight - Two and eight, twenty eight.
29. You`re doing fine - Two and nine, twenty nine.
30. Burlington Bertie | Dirty Gertie | Speed limit | Flirty thirty | Blind 30 - Three oh, thirty.
31. Get up and run - Three and one, thirty one.
32. Buckle my Shoe - Three and two, thirty two.
33. Dirty knees | All the feathers | Two little fleas | Sherwood Forest - All the threes, thirty three.
34. Ask for more - Three and four, thirty four.
35. Jump and jive - Three and five, thirty five.
36. Three dozen - Three and six, thirty six.
37. A flea in heaven - Three and seven, thirty seven.
38. Christmas cake - Three and eight, thirty eight.
39. Those famous steps - Three and nine, thirty nine.
40. Naughty Forty - Four oh, forty.
41. Time for fun - Four and one, forty one.
42. That famous street in Manhattan | Whinny the Pooh - Four and two, forty two.
43. Down on your knees - Four and three, forty three.
44. Droopy drawers - All the fours, forty four.
45. Halfway house | Halfway there - Four and five, forty five.
46. Up to tricks - Four and six, forty six.
47. Four and seven - Four and seven, forty seven.
48. Four dozen - Four and eight, forty eight.
49. PC (Police Constable) | Copper | Nick nick - Four and nine, forty nine.
50. Bulls eye | Blind 50 | Half a century - Five oh, fifty.
51. Tweak of the thumb - Five and one, fifty one.
52. Weeks in a year | Danny La Rue - Five and two, fifty two.
53. Stuck in the tree - Five and three, fifty three.
54. Clean the floor - Five and four, fifty four.
55. Snakes alive - All the fives, fifty five.
56. Was she worth it? - Five and six, fifty six.
57. Heinz varieties - Five and seven, fifty seven.
58. Make them wait | Choo choo Thomas - Five and eight, fifty eight.
59. Brighton line - Five and nine, fifty nine.
60. Three score | Blind 60 | Five dozen - Six oh, sixty.
61. Bakers bun - Six and one, sixty one.
62. Tickety boo | Turn on the screw
63. Tickle me | Des Eerie - Six and three, sixty three.
64. Red raw | The Beatles number - Six and four, sixty four.
65. Old age pension - Six and five, sixty five.
66. Clickety click - All the sixes, sixty six.
67. Made in heaven | Argumentative number - Six and seven, sixty seven.
68. Saving grace - Six and eight, sixty eight.
69. The same both ways | your place or mine | Either way up | Meal for two - Six and nine, sixty nine.
70. Three score and ten | Blind 70 - Seven oh, seventy.
71. Bang on the drum - Seven and one, seventy one.
72. A crutch and a duck | Par for the course - Seven and two, seventy two.
73. Crutch and a flea | Queen B - Seven and three, seventy three.
74. Candy store - Seven and four, seventy four.
75. Strive and strive - Seven and five, seventy five.
76. Trombones - Seven and six, seventy six.
77. Sunset strip | Two little crutches - All the sevens, seventy seven.
78. Heavens gate - Seven and eight, seventy eight.
79. One more time - Seven and nine, seventy nine.
80. Gandhi`s breakfast | Blind 80 | Eight and blank - Eight oh, eighty.
81. Fat lady and a little wee | Stop and run - Eight and one, eighty one.
82. Fat lady with a duck | Straight on through - Eight and two, eighty two.
83. Fat lady with a flea | Time for tea - Eight and three, eighty three.
84. Seven dozen - Eight and four, eighty four.
85. Staying alive - Eight and five, eighty five.
86. Between the sticks - Eight and six, eighty six.
87. Fat lady with a crutch - Eight and seven, eighty seven.
88. Two fat ladies | Wobbly wobbly - All the eights, eighty eight.
89. Nearly there | All but one - Eight and nine, eighty nine.
90. Top of the shop | Top of the house | Blind ninety | End of the line - Nine oh, ninety.
You do not need to know what each phrases is to enjoy a game of bingo; the chances are after a few games you will begin to pick a few up without even realising it. The most memorable ones are the ones that rhythms, the ones that don`t rhythm have a meaning behind them. Such as: Valentine`s Day…number 14. Valentine`s Day is on the 14th February.