The Ultimate List of Bingo Lingo

By Ben Barker - April 21 2016


It’s a well loved tradition in British bingo halls, for the callers to shout out nicknames given to each bingo number. These much loved nicknames are also known by those that have never entered a bingo hall, but they are so ingrained in our culture that they are known and referenced by many.

We’ve gone ahead and rounded up all of the most used nicknames, along with a few explanations of some of the more unusual names, and put together an ultimate Bingo Lingo list, so the next time you find yourself in your local bingo hall, you’ll feel like a regular.

1. Kelly’s Eye
2. One Little Duck
3. You and Me
4. Knock at the Door
5. Man Alive
6. Tom Mix – Refers to American Western actor Tom Mix
7. Lucky Seven
8. Garden Gate
9. Doctor’s Orders – During WII doctors would prescribe a laxative pill called ‘Number 9’
10. David’s Den – Refers to the home of the british Prime Minister and changes with every PM
11. Legs Eleven
12. One Dozen
13. Unlucky For Some
14. The Lawnmower – The original lawnmower had 14 blades
15. Young and Keen
16. Sweet Sixteen
17. Dancing Queen – A reference to the Abba song ‘Dancing Queen’
18. Coming of Age – The age in the UK in which you can legally drink, play bingo and get married.
19. Goodbye Teens
20. One Score – Shepherds would keep track of their sheep in sets of 20
21. Key of the Door – 21 is the age at which you are traditionally classed as an adult
22. Two Little Ducks
23. The Lord Is My Shepherd – The opening sentence of psalm number 23
24. Knock At The Door
25. Duck and Dive
26. Half a Crown – Two and Six is the pre-decimalised form of currency and is often referred to as half a crown
27. Duck With a Cruch
28. In a State
29. Rise and Shine
30. Dirty Gertie
31. Get Up and Run
32. Buckle My Shoe
33. All The Threes
34. Ask For More
35. Jump and Jive
36. Three Dozen
37. A Flea In Heaven
38. Christmas Cake
39. All The Steps – A reference to the classic novel ‘The 39 Steps’
40. Naughty Forty
41. Time For Fun
42. That Famous Street In Manhattan – Refers to the famous 42nd Street in New York
43. Down On Your Knees
44. Droopy Drawers
45. Halfway There – There are 90 numbers in british bingo, 45 marks the halfway point
46. Up To Tricks
47. Four and Seven
48. Four Dozen
49. PC – Refers to the popular police radio show ‘PC 49’
50. Bull’s Eye – The number of points awarded for a bull’s eye in darts
51. Tweak Of The Thumb
52. Danny La Rue – A famous British drag artist
53. Here Comes Herbie – The number painted onto the bonnet of the famous movie car, Herbie
54. House Of Bamboo – A reference to an Andy Williams song in which he refers to ‘number 54, the house with the bamboo door’
55. Snakes Alive
56. Was She Worth It? – The original price of a marriage licence
57. Heinz Varieties – Cans of Heinz are famous for displaying the number 57 in reference to the number of varieties the brand had
58. Make Them Wait
59. The Brighton Line – The original bus line from Brighton to London was the number 59
60. Blind 60
61. Bakers Bun
62. Tickety Boo
63. Tickle Me
64. The Beatles Number – Referring to the classic Beatles song ‘When I’m 64’
65. Stop Work – The age at which you traditionally retire in the UK
66. Clickety Click
67. Made In Heaven
68. Saving Grace
69. Any Way Up
70. Three Score and Ten
71. Bang On The Drum
72. Par Of The Course – Usually a championship golf course will have a par value of 72
73. Queen Bee
74. Candy Store
75. Strive and Strive
76. Trombones – In reference to the musical piece ‘76 trombones’
77. Sunset Strip – The title of the popular TV show ‘77 Sunset Strip’
78. Heaven’s Gate
79. One More Time
80. Ghandi’s Breakfast – One of the more humerous nicknames, famously Ghandi ‘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. All But One
90. End Of The Line – The very last number in bingo

The humorous nicknames and audience participation is one of the biggest draws of bingo. The pop culture references help to make you feel more involved and once you learn the callbacks, it can add an extra dimension of fun to the game.

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