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Bingo lingo is as traditional as the game itself. In the real world or high street version of the game, numbers were associated with fun phrases. Much like cockney rhyming slang, some of the lingo comes from rhyming a number with a popular phrase like, 17 - Dancing Queen. Others have phrases based on their shape, two little ducks 22 for example.

Here's our list of some of the best bingo lingo and bingo calls:

  1. Kelly's Eye – Suggested to be a UK military slang phrase, as the game was commonly played in military mess halls
  2. One Little Duck – A visual reference to the number 2 looking like a duck
  3. Cup of Tea – Which rhymes with 3 or has often been replaced with ‘You and Me’
  4. Knock at the Door – It rhymes with Number 4
  5. Man Alive – You've guessed, it rhymes with number 5
  6. Tom Mix – Which ryhmes with 6, an alternative call is also half a dozen in reference to half of 12 which is a standard dozen
  7. Lucky 7 – A number which a lot of people and cultures refer to as being lucky
  8. Garden Gate – It rhymes with 8
  9. Doctors Orders – In World War 2, some soldiers were given laxative tablets called Number 9
  10. [Prime minister’s] Den – It Rhymes with number 10, where the British PM lives. Hosts call the actual name of current of prime minister.
  11. Legs Eleven – referring to the number 11 looking like a pair of legs
  12. One Dozen – Classically a dozen is 12 items
  13. Unlucky for Some – Much like 7 is a popular lucky number, 13 is the most renowned unlucky number
  14. Valentines Day – in reference to the date in February that we celebrate this special occasion!
  15. Young and Keen – Which rhymes with 15
  16. Sweet Sixteen – Another rhyme, but also a popular phrase referring to the supposed last years of one’s innocent youth
  17. Dancing Queen – Whilst this another rhyme, the ABBA song also refers a Dancing Being only 17
  18. Coming of Age – The traditional age when teenagers legally become adults
  19. Goodbye-Teens – Your last year as a teenager
  20. One Score – An old Norse saying, where units where often counted in 20s. A notch on a scoring pole referred to 20 units.
  21. Key of the Door – In reference to the age 21 where you theoretically grow up and move out of your home, thus earning the keys to your first house or home.
  22. Two Little Ducks – Two Twos that look like two ducks
  23. Thee and Me – It rhymes with 23
  24. Two Dozen – Two 12s which is two dozen
  25. Duck and Dive – It rhymes with 25 but the two part of 20 is referenced cleverly as duck
  26. Pick and Mix – It rhymes with 26
  27. Gateway to Heaven – It rhymes with 27
  28. Over Weight – It rhymes with 28
  29. Rise and Shine – It rhymes with 29
  30. Dirty Gertie – It rhymes with 30
  31. Get up and Run – It rhymes with 30
  32. Buckle my Shoe – It rhymes with 32
  33. Dirty Knee – It rhymes with 33
  34. Ask for More – It rhymes with 34
  35. Jump and Jive – It rhymes with 35
  36. Three Dozen - 3 x 12 which is three dozen
  37. More than Eleven – It rhymes with 37
  38. Christmas Cake - Cockney slang (Apparently)
  39. Steps - A reference to a British film 39 steps
  40. Life Begins – Reference to the notion that 40 somethings might say after they as they get older.
  41. Time for Fun – It rhymes with 41
  42. Winnie the Pooh – It rhymes with 42
  43. Down on your Knees – a reference to another War time saying, no link other than ‘sounds like’
  44. Droopy Drawers – It rhymes with 44
  45. Halfway There – referring to 45 being the middle number of the 90 ball game
  46. Up to Tricks – It rhymes with 46
  47. Four and Seven – Not much to do here other than say its 4 and 7
  48. Four Dozen – Referring 4 x 12 which is four dozen
  49. PC – In reference to a program called The Adventures of PC 49 which was a show about a Police Constable
  50. Half a Century – A Century is 100 half therefore is 50
  51. Tweak of the Thumb – It rhymes with 51
  52. Danny La Rue – It rhymes with 52
  53. Stuck in the Tree – It rhymes with 53
  54. Clean the Floor – It rhymes with 54
  55. Snakes Alive – It rhymes with 55
  56. Was she worth it – 5 (Shillings) and Sixpence was the cost of a marriage license in oldie England money
  57. Heinz Varieties – Heinze are rumored to have 57 varieties of canned beans
  58. Make them Wait – It rhymes with 58
  59. Brighton Line – It rhymes with 59, but was also the starting to digits of
  60. Five Dozen – Referring to 5 x 12 which is Five Dozen
  61. Bakers Bun – It rhymes with 61
  62. Turn on the Screw – It rhymes with 62
  63. Tickle Me – It rhymes with 63
  64. Red Raw – It rhymes ‘somewhat’ with 64
  65. Old Age Pension – Currently the retirement age in the UK
  66. Clickety Click – Sounds like 66
  67. Made in Heaven – It rhymes with 67
  68. Pick a mate – It rhymes with 68
  69. Either Way Up – Referring to the shape of this number, it will look the same if you flip it upside down
  70. Three Score & Ten – Referring to 3 x 20 + 10 which is 70
  71. Bang on the Drum – It rhymes with 71
  72. Six Dozen - Referring to 6 x 12 which is Six Dozen
  73. Queen B – It rhymes with 73
  74. Candy Store – It rhymes with 74
  75. Strive & Strive – It rhymes with 75
  76. Trombones - Referencing 76 Trombones from the musical ‘The Music Man’
  77. Sunset Strip – referring to a US detective show called 77 Sunset Strip. Some also say 2 little hockey sticks
  78. Heavens Gate – It rhymes with 78
  79. One More Time – It rhymes with 79
  80. Gandhi’s Breakfast – Ate Nothing
  81. Stop & Run – It rhymes with 81
  82. Straight On Through – It rhymes with 82
  83. Time for Tea – It rhymes with 83
  84. Seven Dozen – Referring to 7 x 12 which is Seven Dozen
  85. Staying Alive – It rhymes with 85
  86. Between the Sticks – It rhymes with 86
  87. Torquay in Devon – It rhymes with 87
  88. Two Fat Ladies – Referring to its shape as 88 looks like two curvaceous ‘persons’!
  89. Nearly There - the last but one ball in the 90ball pack
  90. Top of the Shop - The 90th and last ball in traditional bingo

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