Guide to Bingo Nicknames

November 19, 2017

This is a list of bingo nicknames. In the game of bingo, 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.

Many of the numbers in the bingo game are given nicknames. The bingo numbers nicknames have two purposes: The first purpose is to verify and emphasize the call. Bingo halls are often crowded and loud, when the caller adds a nickname to the called out number, it helps the players make sure that they have heard the correct number. The second purpose of the bingo numbers nickname is to add some humor to the repetitive procedure of calling out the numbers. There are two general types of nicknames:

nicknames that rhyme with the numbers.

There are lists that are circulating over the internet about the nickname(s) for each bingo number. Although this list is probably the most comprehensive you will find, it is not a definite list. I am sure there are plenty of bingo calls out there which are not listed here. Many Bingo Halls change their nicknames over time to keep up with the trends. Some Bingo calls go out of fashion, and will be replaced with a trendier version. Some of the bingo numbers have several nicknames while others have no nicknames at all. Generally, you will not hear bingo numbers nicknames in professional bingo halls. Nowadays, you would hardly hear them at all; most bingo halls are currently using computerized draws instead of air blown balls inside bingo cages.

1 = Kelly’s Eye / At the Beginning

2 = One Little Duck / Me and You

3 = Cup of tea / You and Me

4 = Knock at the Door

5 = Man Alive

6 = Tom’s tricks / Tom Nix

7 = Lucky Seven / God’s in Heaven

8 = One Fat Lady / Golden Gate/ Garden Gate

9 = Doctor’s Orders (“Number 9″ was a laxative in WWII)

10 = Tony’s Den (Tony Blair lives at 10 Downing Street)

11 = Legs Eleven 12 = One Dozen

13 = Unlucky for Some / Devil’s Number/ Bakers

Dozen 14 = Valentines Day

15 = Young and keen / Rugby Team

16 = Sweet Sixteen / She’s Lovely

17 = Dancing Queen / Often been Kissed

18 = Coming of Age

19 = Goodbye Teens

20 = One Score/ Blind 20

21 = Key of the Door

22 = Two Little Ducks / All the Twos

23 = Thee and Me / The Lord is my Shepherd

24 = Two dozen

25 = Duck and Dive

26 = Pick and Mix/Half a crown/Bed and Breakfast

27 = Gateway to Heaven / Little duck with a Crutch

28 = Over Weight / In a State

29 = You’re doing Fine/ Rise and Shine

30 = Burlington Bertie / Dirty Gertie / Speed Limit / Flirty thirty / Blind 30

31 = Get up and Run 32 = Buckle my Shoe

33 = Dirty Knees / All the Threes / All the Feathers / Two Little Fleas / Sherwood Forest

34 = Ask for More

35 = Jump and Jive

36 = Three Dozen

37 = A Flea in Heaven / More than Eleven

38 = Christmas Cake 39 = Those Famous Steps / Steps

40 = Naughty Forty

41 = Time for Fun

42 = Winnie the Pooh/ Famous Street in Manhattan

43 = Down on your Knees

44 = Droopy Drawers / All the Fours

45 = Halfway There / Halfway House

46 = Up to Tricks

47 = Four and Seven

48 = Four Dozen

49 = P.C. / Copper / Nick Nick

50 = Half a Century/ Bulls Eye / Blind 50

51 = Tweak of the Thumb

52 = Danny La Rue/ Weeks in a Year

53 = Stuck in the Tree

54 = Clean the Floor

55 = Snakes Alive / All the Fives

56 = Was she worth it?

57 = Heinz Varieties

58 = Make them Wait / Choo choo Thomas

59 = Brighton Line

60 = Five Dozen /Three Score / Blind 60

61 = Bakers Bun

62 = Turn on the Screw / Tickety Boo

63 = Tickle Me

64 = Red Raw / The Beatles Number

65 = Old Age Pension 66 = Clickety Click / All the Sixes

67 = Made in Heaven / Argumentative Number

68 = Saving Grace

69 = Either Way Up /The Same Both Ways / Your Place or Mine / Meal for Two

70 = Three Score and Ten / Blind 70

71 = Bang on the Drum

72 = Six Dozen / A Crutch and a Duck / Par for the Course

73 = Crutch and a flea / Queen B

74 = Candy Store

75 = Strive and Strive

76 = Trombones / Was She Worth It

77 = Sunset Strip / All the Sevens / Two Little Crutches

78 = Heavens Gate

79 = One More Time 80 = Eight and Blank/Blind

80/Gandhi’s Breakfast

81 = Stop and Run

82 = Straight on Through/ Fat lady with a Duck

83 = Time for Tea / Ethel’s Ear 84 = Seven Dozen

85 = Staying Alive

86 = Between the Sticks

87 = Torquay in Devon/ Fat lady with a Crutch

88 = Two fat ladies / All the Eights

89 = Nearly there / All but One

90 = Top of the Shop / Top of the House / Blind 90 / End of the Line

 

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