Bingo Lingo is the term used for the unique way bingo game players communicate with a bingo announcer. It includes land-based & online bingo players.
Regional Bingo Terminology
Each region has its version of lingo. We put together a listing of the most common variants of bingo lingo below. Please note that the vocabulary we list below is particular to the United Kingdom.
Understanding The Lingo
When walking into a bingo hall, a novice bingo player might not immediately understand the nuances of the terminology in a bingo hall. However, you can keep up with your fellow bingo players with the below vocabulary under your belt. Furthermore, playing bingo is more social and fun-filled once you have learned the language. The following are some familiar bingo lingo rhymes.
UK Game Lingo
- Number one, just begun.
- Number two, little boy blue.
- Number three, cup of tea, or one little flea.
- Number four, knock at the door.
- Number five, man alive, or Jack’s alive.
- Number six, chopsticks.
- Number eight, garden’s gate.
- Number ten, cock and hen or Big Ben.
- Number fifteen, young and keen.
- Number twenty-two, dinky doo.
- Number twenty-three, three and me.
- Number twenty-five, duck and dive.
- Number twenty-six, pick and mix.
- Number twenty-seven, gateway to heaven.
- Number twenty-eight, in a state, or overweight.
- Number twenty-nine, you’re doing fine.
- Number thirty-one, get up and run.
- Number thirty-two, buckle my shoe.
- Number thirty-three, dirty knee, or come in for ya tea.
- Number thirty-four, ask for more.
- Number thirty-five, jump and jive.
- Number thirty-seven, a flea in heaven.
- Number thirty-eight, Christmas cake, or you’re late, or top date.
- Number forty-one, time for fun.
- Number forty-two, Winnie the Pooh.
- Number forty-three, down on your knees.
- Number forty-four, open two doors, or droopy drawers.
- Number forty-six, up to tricks.
- Number forty-nine, rise and shine.
To ensure bingo players mark off the correct numbers and to make the game more fun, the bingo caller will often follow or precede bingo numbers with a rhyme, don’t take your time.
Other bingo numbers that do not get included in this list are either given explanations or commonly used comments on well-known bingo numbers, like legs eleven because two lines down (the two ones in 11) look like legs.
There are different variations of bingo lingo across the world of bingo; the above examples would be specifically for UK bingo halls.
Online bingo rooms are also using terminology with specific action buttons that make it easy for bingo players to use bingo lingo. So that concludes our Bingo Lingo article. We hope it has been as fun to read as it was to put together.