Bingo Calls

Bingo is a game that everybody loves, and anyone who has ever played bingo at clubs knows that the most memorable aspects of the game are the bingo calls.


The entertainment nature of bingo games is what makes them so popular and interesting. Knowing how to attract players, the bingo callers make the atmosphere fun and lively by saying interesting bingo calls. Some are simply rhymes, some have a history behind them, and some are funny stories. These bingo calls are used all over the country and online, so let’s find out more about them!

What are Bingo Calls?

Basically, Bingo Calls are slangs, phrases, nicknames for the bingo numbers used during a bingo game. They are also called bingo lingo and originate from the UK but have quickly spread worldwide. The charming bingo callers are calling these names and they ring out in bingo halls, making a more enjoyable and energetic atmosphere.

Even if you’ve been to a bingo game once or twice, you probably remember the numbers and the names that accompany them. Although the bingo calls aren’t really needed online, it’s very fun to use them and that’s why they’re featured in many bingo sites. These phrases have become as liked as the bingo game itself. When players log in to play bingo online, they’re able to communicate with people worldwide. This connection keeps bingo calls alive because people still use them in their bingo communications. They even come up with new bingo calls and compete over who has the most original phrase.

Bingo calls were established in the mid-20th century in London, where people used rhymes to communicate with hidden messages. Let’s take a look at the history of bingo calls.

History of Bingo Calls

As we said, the origin of the bingo calls goes back to the mid-20th century when bingo games began to reach their popularity among the players. Many of the bingo calls that were formed then are still used. Bingo calls were necessary to be formed because it was hard to hear the bingo callers before people started using sound systems. 

Then, bingo halls were full of noises and it was hard hearing what the callers were saying. For that reason, people invented the bingo calls, so that players won’t mix up the numbers when hearing. In that time, people used rhymes to communicate with hidden messages, so that’s how they come up to use rhymes for bingo numbers as well. Even some of the phrases have a deeper history behind them.

Full List of Bingo Calls

Here’s the complete list of all bingo calls for each bingo number. How many of these do you know?

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

Most Popular Bingo Sayings

Here’s a guide to the most well-known and loved phrases.

Lucky Seven - 7
Traditionally, seven is considered a lucky number, so that’s why the bingo number 7 is called lucky seven.

Doctor's orders - 9
This phrase refers to the number nine pill, a potent laxative that doctors gave to British soldiers during World War II.

Cameron's Den - 10
This phrase changes each time a new prime minister is elected. The word “Den” is accompanied by the current prime minister. For example, “David’s den,” for David Cameron, “Tony’s den” for Tony Blair and “Maggie’s den” for Margaret Thatcher.

Legs Eleven - 11
This phrase is called “Legs Eleven” because the number 11 looks like a pair of long legs.

Dancing Queen - 17
You probably know this one, it’s based on the hit by Abba called “Dancing Queen”, where Abba sings: “You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only 17.”

Heinz Varieties - 57
Even though the Heinz company sells numerous products, its founder Henry Heinz decided that 57 was his lucky number because they have 57 types of canned beans, and this bingo number is dedicated to him.

Two fat ladies - 88
This phrase is inspired by the number eight that has rounded shape, and in this case, the number 88 refers to two overweight women. Of course, this is not meant as an insult.

These phrases are a perfect example of how rich history the bingo has. It may look like a simple game, but these facts here tell otherwise.