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UK Bingo Game Numbers and Nicknames Calling

Playing bingo is one of the most popular pastimes in UK. For years bingo has been played at churches, social gatherings and has remained a mainstay of fund raising for several non-profit organizations. In the UK, bingo is played in large community halls with some decent prizes for the winners. Britishers play bingo in their own unique way. Bingo callers in the UK often use nicknames or other short rhyming descriptions to add an extra punch to the game.

Bingo nicknames are a humorous way of announcing or repeating the drawn numbers, especially in a crammed, noisy hall where the audibility is already low. The game beings with a traditional call to attention – Eyes Down!


Some other interesting and modern bingo nicknames are:

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Number Nickname Explanation
1.

 

Kelly's Eye

 

Military slang, possibly a reference to Ned Kelly
2

 

One little duck Me and You

 

From the resemblance of the number 2 to a duck; see '22' Romantic rhyme
3

 

Cup of Tea

You and Me

 

Romantic rhyme
4

 

Knock at the door

 

5.

 

Man alive

 

6

 

Tom Mix Half a dozen

 

After Tom Mix, a star of silent era Westerns
7

 

Lucky for some

 

7 is considered a lucky number in some cultures
8.

 

Garden gate

 

9.

 

Doctor's orders

 

Number 9 was a laxative pill given out by army doctors in WWII.
10.

 

(Gordon's) Den

 

The name refers to whoever currently resides at Number 10 Downing Street.
11.

 

Legs Eleven

 

An obvious reference to the shape of the number resembling a pair of legs. The players often wolf whistle in response.
12.

 

One dozen

 

An obvious reference to there being 12 units in one dozen.
13.

 

A Baker's Dozen

 

An obvious reference to there being 13 units in one baker's dozen.
16.

Sweet sixteen,never been kissed

 

21.

 

Key of the door

 

The traditional age of majority.
22.

 

Two little ducks

 

23.

 

The lord is my shepherd

 

The first words of Psalm 23 of the Old Testament
24.

 

Knock at the door

 

26.

 

Two and six, half a crown.

 

Pre-decimalised currency in the UK.
27.

 

Duck and a crutch

 

The number 2 looks like a duck (see '2') and the number 7 looks like a crutch.
28.

 

Two and eight, in a state

 

Rhyming slang for "state".
30.Burlington Bertie Dirty Gertie

Reference to a music hall song of the same name composed in 1900, and a more famous parody (Burlington Bertie from Bow) written in 1915. Common rhyme derived from the given name Gertrude, used as a nickname for the statue La Delivrance installed in North London in 1927. The usage was reinforced by Dirty Gertie from Bizerte, a bawdy song sung by Allied soldiers in North Africa during the Second World War.

 

32.

 

Buckle My Shoe

 

33.

 

All the threes

 

35.

 

Jump and Jive

 

A dance step
36.

 

Three dozen

 

44.

 

Droopy Drawers

 

Rhyme that refers to sagging trousers.
52.

 

Danny La Rue Chicken Vindaloo

 

A reference to drag entertainer Danny La Rue. Also used for other numbers ending in '2' (see '72' below). Introduced by Butlins in 2003
53.

 

Here comes Herbie

 

53 is the racing number of Herbie the VW Beetle. Players may reply "beep beep"!
54.

 

House with a bamboo door

 

55.

 

All the fives

 

57.

 

Heinz Beanz

 

Refers to "Heinz 57", the "57 Varieties" slogan of the H. J. Heinz Company.
59.

 

Brighton Line

 

65.

 

Stop work

 

66.

Clickety click

 

69.

 

Anyway up

 

71.

 

Bang on the drum

 

72.

 

Danny La Rue

 

76

 

Trombones

 

"Seventy-six Trombones" is a popular marching song.
76.

 

Was she worth it?

 

This refers to the pre-decimal price of a marriage licence in Britain, 7/6d. The players shout back "Every Penny"
77.

 

Two little crutches

 

80.

 

Gandhi's Breakfast

 

Imagine looking down from above on Gandhi sitting cross-legged in front of a plate
87.

 

Torquay in Devon

 

88.

 

Two Fat Ladies

 

90.

 

Top of the shop

 



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