Learn the lingo and become a bingo master!


Heading into a bingo hall for the first time can be much like travelling to a non-English speaking country. If you’re not in the know with the lingo then truth be told you’re going to struggle. So, to help you newbies out we’ve thrown together a quick guide on the most common bingo terms.

1. Kelly’s Eye46. Up to Tricks
2. One Little Duck47. Four and Seven
3. Cup of Tea48. Four Dozen
4. Knock at the Door49. PC
5. Man Alive50. Half a Century
6. Tom Mix51. Tweak of the Thumb
7. Lucky 752. Danny La Rue
8. Garden Gate53. Stuck in the Tree
9. Doctors Orders54. Clean the Floor
10. Cameron’s Den55. Snakes Alive
11. Legs Eleven56. Was she worth it
12. One Dozen57. Heinz Varieties
13. Unlucky for Some58. Make them Wait
14. Valentines Day59. Brighton Line
15. Young and Keen60. Five Dozen
16. Sweet Sixteen61. Bakers Bun
17. Dancing Queen62. Turn on the Screw
18. Coming of Age63. Tickle Me 63
19. Goodbye-Teens64. Red Raw
20. One Score65. Old Age Pension
21. Key of the Door66. Clickety Click
22. Two Little Ducks67. Made in Heaven
23. Thee and Me68. Saving Grace
24. Two Dozen64. Red Raw69. Either Way Up
25. Duck and Dive70. Three Score & Ten
26. Pick and Mix71. Bang on the Drum
27. Gateway to Heaven72. Six Dozen
28. Over Weight73. Queen B
29. Rise and Shine74. Candy Store
30. Dirty Gertie75. Strive & Strive
31. Get up and Run76. Trombones
32. Buckle my Shoe77. Sunset Strip
33. Dirty Knee78. Heavens Gate
34. Ask for More 79. One More Time
35. Jump and Jive80. Eight & Blank
36. Three Dozen81. Stop & Run
37. More than Eleven82. Straight On Through
38. Christmas Cake83. Time for Tea
39. Steps84. Seven Dozen
40. Naughty Forty85. Staying Alive
41. Time for Fun86. Between the Sticks
42. Winnie the Pooh87. Torquay in Devon
43. Down on your Knees88. Two Fat Ladies
44. Droopy Drawers89. Nearly There
45. Halfway There90. Top of the Shop

Who invented the new bingo calls?

The lingo above isn’t strictly new — it’s just taken a while for bingo halls to switch from the old 1950s terms to the new more modern terms. The bloke responsible for the new terms above is Charlie Blake, who created the new calls for popular holiday resort Butlins.

Basically, it’s time to forget the golden oldies and move into the future where Gareth Gates and J-Lo replace greats Tom Mix and Danny La Rue. Make sure you learn the lot before heading on over to our Bingo lobby. Good luck!

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