Bingo Calls, Lingo and Slang Terms

Last Modified: Jul 16, 2019 @ 11:42 am

As online bingo continues to grow in popularity, more and more players are rushing to the web for their chance to win big. However, for new players the vocabulary used on the sites and by other players can be both confusing and overwhelming.

While most people are familiar with some basic bingo terms, the vocabulary used in the online bingo community varies slightly from the terms used in regular, in person bingo games.

To make the assimilation process for new players an easier transition, we’ve covered some of the most confusing aspects of play such as traditional bingo calls and rude bingo calls. We’ve also included several other tips and tricks to keep you from stepping on anyone’s toes the first few times you play.

Alternative Bingo Calls

While you may be confused if someone asks you if they just called Dirty Gertie, they’re merely using dirty bingo calls. These are also known as alternative bingo calls or bingo call nicknames.

Usually made up of funny or inappropriate short phrases that rhyme with a given number, such as 30 “Dirty Girty”. These bingo callouts can also make a cultural reference, such as “All the Beans” for 57.

Traditional Bingo calls infographic

Originally used to catch the attention of players in a noisy, crowded bingo hall, creating funny words or phrases associated with each number kept gameplay interesting and prevented callers from repeating themselves multiple times.

Although no longer needed as bingo has gone electronic, these funny bingo calls have persisted and are still sometimes used in online play as well as mobile bingo games.

Funny Rude Bingo Calls

Here are some of our favourite funny rude bingo calls which you’ll hear in person and online:

  • 24 – Did you score?
  • 37 – One night in heaven
  • 71 – J-Lo’s bum
  • 78 – Let’s procreate
  • 87 – Grandma’s gone to heaven

Lots of different variations are used by different bingo halls and online sites. Certain callers will have their favourite versions which they always like to use. Visit this site for more of the funny and rude calls for all of the numbers.

Dirty Bingo Calls

Although there are many similarities, dirty bingo calls tend to vary from site to site and from player to player. Each bingo caller script will be different so you’ll probably hear a range of versions for these calls.

Some of these bingo number names include “young and keen” for 15, “droopy drawers” for 44, or “dirty knees” for 33. You will probably have heard more crude bingo calls during certain games or even when playing online.

While most are meant to be funny or make players smile, some rude bingo calls do exist. One such bingo numbers nickname is the “either way up” call that can sometimes be used for the number 69. There are plenty more very rude bingo calls that you may have heard or you could think of yourself, it’s all about imagination!

While different callers and bingo sites may use their own unique bingo calls, websites like ildado.com offer fairly comprehensive bingo calls list of UK bingo callouts, which can be found here.

Types of Bingo

Most popular bingo sites offer more than one variety of bingo, which can be confusing for players new to the game. While all varieties are essentially the same, with a caller announcing numbers and players daubing those on their cards, some games vary based on the number of balls used to play.

Found at most bingo halls in the UK, 90 Ball Bingo uses tickets of three rows and nine columns. On these cards, each row has five numbers and four blanks. The three winning combinations in 90 ball bingo are one line, two line, or full house.

More popular in the US than in the UK, 75 Ball Bingo is played with 5X5 grid tickets with a free space in the middle. Because of the shape of the card, there are many more different ways to create a winning combination in this style of bingo play.