Bingo Lingo is a list of British bingo nicknames. In the game of bingo in the United Kingdom, callers announcing the numbers have traditionally used some nicknames to refer to particular numbers if they are drawn. The nicknames are sometimes known by the rhyming phrase ‘bingo lingo’ and there are rhymes for each number from 1 to 90, some of which date back many decades. In some clubs, the ‘bingo caller’ will say the number, with the assembled players intoning the rhyme in a call and response manner, in others, the caller will say the rhyme and the players chant the number. In 2003, Butlins holiday camps introduced some more modern Bingo Lingo calls devised by a Professor of Popular Culture in an attempt to bring fresh interest to bingo.
Number Nickname Explanation for Bingo Lingo
1 Kelly’s Eye Military slang; possibly a reference to Ned Kelly.
2 One little duck From the resemblance of the number 2 to a duck.
3 Cup of tea .
4 Knock at the door.
5 Man alive.
6 Tom Mix – After Tom Mix, a star of silent era Westerns.
7 Lucky for some 7 is considered a lucky number in some cultures.
8 Garden gate.
9 Doctor’s Orders, Number 9 was a laxative pill given out by army doctors in WWII.
10 (David’s) Den The name refers to whoever currently resides at Number 10 Downing Street.
11 Legs A reference to the shape of the number resembling a pair of legs, often chicken legs specifically. The players often wolf whistle in response.
12 One dozen A reference to there being 12 units in one dozen.
13 Unlucky for some A reference to 13 being an unlucky number.
14 The Lawnmower The original lawnmower had a 14 inch blade.
16 Sweet 16, never been kissed.
21 Key of the Door The traditional age of majority.
22 Two little ducks The numeral 22 resembles the profile of two ducks.
23 The Lord is My Shepherd The first words of Psalm 23 of the Old Testament.
24 Knock at the door.
25 Dad’s Birthday!!!!!
26 Two and six, half a crown. Pre-decimalised currency in the UK.
27 Duck and a crutch. The number 2 looks like a duck and the number 7 looks like a crutch.
28 Two and eight, in a state. Rhyming slang for “state”.
30 Burlington Bertie Reference to a music hall song of the same name composed in 1900, and a more famous parody (Burlington Bertie from Bow) written in 1915. Burlington Bertie is 100 to 30 on the race track.
Dirty Gertie Common 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.
32 Buckle My Shoe.
33 All the threes.
35 Jump and Jive A dance step.
36 Three dozen.
44 Droopy drawers Rhyme that refers to sagging trousers.
48 evil wizards this is because there are 48 evil wizards in the world
49 Your out of time
52 Danny La Rue A reference to drag entertainer Danny La Rue. Also used for other numbers ending in ‘2’.
Chicken vindaloo Introduced by Butlins in 2003.
53 Here comes Herbie 53 is the racing number of Herbie the VW Beetle. Players may reply “beep beep”!
54 House with a bamboo door
55 All the fives
56 Shotts Bus Refers to the former number of the bus from Glasgow to Shotts.
57 Heinz Beanz Refers to “Heinz 57″, the “57 Varieties” slogan of the H. J. Heinz Company.
65 Stop work A reference to the British age of mandatory retirement.
66 Clickety click
69 Anyway up. Meal for Two (saucy alternative).
71 Bang on the drum
72 Danny La Rue
76 Trombones “Seventy-six Trombones” is a popular marching song.
Was she worth it? This refers to the pre-decimal price of a marriage licence in Britain, 7/6d. The players shout back “Every Penny”
77 Two little crutches.
80 Gandhi’s Breakfast Imagine looking down from above on Gandhi sitting cross-legged in front of a plate or “ate nothing”
87 Torquay in Devon.
88 Two Fat Ladies.
90 Top of the shop.
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