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