Traditional bingo calls

Bingo calls have been an essential part of the game of bingo for years. It is hard to say when the bingo calls we know today were introduced. But we know they were already in use when bingo become popular in the 1960s.

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Traditional Bingo Calls

Words or phrases in brackets after a bingo call refer to the traditional shouted response from the bingo players. This is sometimes known as bingo lingo.

You will also find that some bingo calls refer to more than one number – such as ‘Danny LaRue’.

There is no ‘correct’ way round to call the numbers. Some bingo callers will call the number and then the saying. Others will call the saying then the number. But most will mix them as certain bingo calls just ‘sound right’ a certain way.

Those calls listed below tend to be British in origin. Though anyone looking closely at the history of bingo will see that it has been – and still is – played all over the world. While this site as a whole tends to concentrate upon bingo sites UK, there are also many other quality bingo operators available where you can choose from many bingo games. The games themselves will be similar in that 90 ball bingo (the British version) and 75 ball bingo (the U.S. version) tend today to be available on all sites along with 80 ball bingo, speed bingo and many other variations.

 

bingo calls

1       :     Kelly’s eye | at the beginning | buttered scone

2       :    one little duck | me and you | Little Boy Blue

3       :    you and me | cup of tea | one little flea | goodness me

      :     knock at the door | the one next door

5       :     man alive | one little snake

6      :     Tom Mix | chopsticks | Tom’s tricks | half a dozen | chopping sticks

7       :     lucky | one little crutch | God’s in Heaven

8       :     garden gate | one fat lady | she’s always late | Golden Gate

9       :     doctor’s orders | doctor’s joy

10     :     David’s den | uncle Ben | cock and hen

11     :     legs

12     :     one dozen | monkey’s cousin

13     :     unlucky for some | bakers dozen | the Devil’s number

14     :     the lawnmower | Valentines day

15     :     young and keen

16     :     never been kissed

17     :     often been kissed | dancing queen | old Ireland

18     :     coming of age | now you can vote

19     :     end of the teens | goodbye teens

20     :     one score

21     :     key of the door | royal salute

22     :     two little ducks (quack quack) | ducks on a pond | dinkie-doo

23     :     The Lord is My Shepherd | thee and me | a duck and a flea

24     :     knock at the door | two dozen

25     :     duck and dive

26     :     half a crown | pick and mix | bed and breakfast

27     :     duck and a crutch | gateway to heaven

28     :     in a state | overweight | The Old Braggs | a duck and its mate

29     :     rise and shine | in your prime | you’re doing fine

30     :     Dirty Gertie | Burlington Bertie

31     :     get up and run

32     :     buckle my shoe

33     :     dirty knees

34     :     ask for more

35     :     jump and jive

36     :     three dozen

37     :     more than eleven

38     :     Christmas cake

39     :     steps | Jack Benny

40     :     life begins | two score | naughty forty

41     :     life’s begun | time for fun

42     :     Winnie the Pooh | the street in Manhattan

43     :     down on your knees

44     :     droopy drawers

45     :     halfway there | cowboy’s friend | halfway house

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46     :     up to tricks

47     :

48     :     four dozen

49     :     PC (nick nick)

50     :     half a century | bullseye | Hawaii five oh

51     :     tweak of the thumb | The Highland Div

52     :     Danny La Rue | The Lowland Div | pack of cards | weeks in a year

53     :     here comes Herbie (beep beep) | stuck in a tree | The Welsh Div | the joker

54     :     house with a bamboo door | clean the floor

55     :     snakes alive | bunch of fives

56     :     Shotts bus | was she worth it? (she was)

57     :     Heinz | Heinz varieties | beans means Heinz

58     :     make them wait | choo choo Thomas

59     :     the Brighton Line (woo-woo)

60     :     five dozen | three score

61     :     bakers bun

62     :     tickety-boo | turn of the screw | to Waterloo

63     :     tickle me

64     :     red raw | The Beatle’s number

65     :     stop work | retirement age

66     :     clickety click

67     :     made in heaven | the argumentative number

68     :     saving grace

69     :     anyway up | the same both ways

70     :     three score and ten

71     :     bang on the drum

72     :     Danny LaRue | six dozen | par for the course

73     :     queen bee | a crutch and a flea | camomile tea

74     :     candy store

75     :     strive and strive | on the skive | Big Daddy

76     :     was she worth it? (she was) | trombones

77     :     two little crutches | sunset strip

78     :     heaven’s gate

79     :     one more time

80     :     Gandhi’s breakfast | four score | there you go matey

81     :     stop and run

82     :     straight on through | fat lady with a duck

83     :     time for tea | fat lady and a flea | 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 (wobbly wobbly) | Connaught Rangers

89     :     nearly there | almost there | all but one

90     :     four score and ten | top of the shop | end of the line | top of the house

general bingo calls

single digit numbers

on it’s own – number four | on it’s own – number five etc

numbers ending in zero

blind thirty | blind forty etc

numbers with two digits the same

all the threes – thirty three | all the fours – forty four etc

all remaining numbers

two and four – twenty four | three and eight – thirty eight etc

Of course this is not a complete list – there are many funny - and rude! – calls made today. Also bingo calls have changed – and been forgotten – over the years. This bingo lingo has varied and often unknown origins. Even different regions have – or had – their own bingo calls which were specific to their dialect, customs or local landmarks. Playing in a bingo hall or a game of village bingo in Scotland will most likely be very different to playing on the south coast of England!

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