A few bingo terms

A lot of Bingo Lingo or slangs are based on rhyming slang. Some are straightforward while others are a bit obscure and needs explanation. Some are easily identified when said in popular Bingo halls while others may not be known even to seasoned bingo players. The terms used varies based on the region where bingo is played.


Some terms can be downright funny. For example there are some lingo that are based on the shape of numbers. The number 8 for example looks like a fat lady so 88 will be “two fat ladies” and 2 which looks like a swan’s neck gives the number 22 the term “two little ducks”.

Here are some of the more obscure terms.

Kelly’s Eye (1): This goes back to the days of a type of Bingo played by the British army. There is no real justification for why the number is referred to as Kelly’s eye.

Doctor’s Orders (9): Another tribute to the old British soldiers the number 9 pill was a laxative that army doctors prescribed.

Tony’s Den (10): The exact terminology varies according the current British Prime Minister. The PM’s residence is located on Number 10 Downing Street and street that Brits refer to simply as number 10. It is called Tony’s Den since Tony Blair is the current PM.

Dancing Queen (17): Abba’s Dancing Queen was only seventeen.

The Lord Is My shepherd(23): The 23rd Psalm in the bible.

Bed and Breakfast (26): Accommodation at a Bed and Breakfast inn in the UK traditionally cost 2 shillings and 6 pence “26”.

Burlington Bertie (30): Bingo meets horse racing. In racing Burlington Bertie is odds of 100-30.

Speed Limit (30): The maximum limit allowed in UK residential areas.

Sherwood Forest (33):  Robin Hood’s home. 33 represent all the trees.

Those Famous Steps (39): 39 Steps was a well known espionage book.

Police Constable (49): PC 49 was a popular cop show in the 40-50s.

Bulls Eye (50): A term that comes from the game of darts. The bull’s eye in darts is worth 50 points so the number 50 is called bull’s eye.

Danny La Rue (52): A drag artist from the UK.

Heinz Varieties (57): A variety of canned beans in the UK.

The Beatles Number (64): The pop British group sang a song called “When I’m 64”.

Old age Pension (65): The age when British residents are eligible for old age pension.

69. …. Self explanatory.

Par for the course (72): A term used in golfing that made its way to Bingo.

Trombones (76): 76 Trombones is a musical piece played by the brass section during every UK parade.

Sunset Strip (77): An American TV show that had a large following.

Gandhi’s breakfast (80): A throwback to the UK in the 60’s this term really has no valid explanation.