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 Eye 46. Up to Tricks
2. One Little Duck 47. Four and Seven
3. Cup of Tea 48. Four Dozen
4. Knock at the Door 49. PC
5. Man Alive 50. Half a Century
6. Tom Mix 51. Tweak of the Thumb
7. Lucky 7 52. Danny La Rue
8. Garden Gate 53. Stuck in the Tree
9. Doctors Orders 54. Clean the Floor
10. Cameron’s Den 55. Snakes Alive
11. Legs Eleven 56. Was she worth it
12. One Dozen 57. Heinz Varieties
13. Unlucky for Some 58. Make them Wait
14. Valentines Day 59. Brighton Line
15. Young and Keen 60. Five Dozen
16. Sweet Sixteen 61. Bakers Bun
17. Dancing Queen 62. Turn on the Screw
18. Coming of Age 63. Tickle Me 63
19. Goodbye-Teens 64. Red Raw
20. One Score 65. Old Age Pension
21. Key of the Door 66. Clickety Click
22. Two Little Ducks 67. Made in Heaven
23. Thee and Me 68. Saving Grace
24. Two Dozen64. Red Raw 69. Either Way Up
25. Duck and Dive 70. Three Score & Ten
26. Pick and Mix 71. Bang on the Drum
27. Gateway to Heaven 72. Six Dozen
28. Over Weight 73. Queen B
29. Rise and Shine 74. Candy Store
30. Dirty Gertie 75. Strive & Strive
31. Get up and Run 76. Trombones
32. Buckle my Shoe 77. Sunset Strip
33. Dirty Knee 78. Heavens Gate
34. Ask for More  79. One More Time
35. Jump and Jive 80. Eight & Blank
36. Three Dozen 81. Stop & Run
37. More than Eleven 82. Straight On Through
38. Christmas Cake 83. Time for Tea
39. Steps 84. Seven Dozen
40. Naughty Forty 85. Staying Alive
41. Time for Fun 86. Between the Sticks
42. Winnie the Pooh 87. Torquay in Devon
43. Down on your Knees 88. Two Fat Ladies
44. Droopy Drawers 89. Nearly There
45. Halfway There 90. 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!