‘Bingo Lingo’ – A Modernized Take on an Age-Old Game

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Bingo used to be something we associated with the older generation. It was always just that game our Grandma would play in a dingy, rundown, hall, up the road, with a load of her friends. This was mainly because the pastime had become popular with acquaintances, and neighbours, following the Second World War.

However, in the last couple of years, Bingo has sky-rocketed in popularity amongst the ‘millennial’ generation, due to quirky versions of the game hitting most of the trendy pubs, and clubs, whilst swanky establishments, focused purely on Bingo, have also opened their doors in London’s Shoreditch – and we wouldn’t expect anything else from the most hipster place in the capital, to be honest! It’s online presence, at places like here:, has also helped Bingo’s rise to stardom.

Along with its newfound popularity, there has also been a whole host of modernised twists introduced to the ‘Bingo Lingo’ – and, if you’re new to the game, that’s the calls made by the host when a number is drawn. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the changes!

  • Number 9

‘Get an Uber from mine!’ A phrase we’re all used to saying to our pals as we get ready for a night out on the town, right? Well, it’s now replaced ‘doctor’s orders’ as the call for number nine! The original lingo was in relation to a laxative pill – called the Number Nine – which was given out by army doctors during WWII.

  • Number 39

‘39, Steps’ is what you’d hear called out by the host, if you were to go to a traditional Bingo hall with your Nan. And, we can already hear you wondering; ’39, Steps? What?’ Well, it was actually in relation to a 1935 thriller directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. However, of course, millennials don’t watch Hitchcock films anymore – they love dating shows! And that’s why the number 39 is now ‘Love Island time!’

  • Number 54

‘Clean the floor’ was the original call for the number 54. However, in an age where a group of fellas will enjoy a boozy two-week all-inclusive holiday on a sunny Spanish island, the phrase ‘Lads on tour’, might just be more relevant. ’54, Wags at war’ is another twist, see the Great Collen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy debacle, for example.

  • Number 68

The number 68 was originally followed by ‘pick a mate,’ and, whilst there’s nothing outdated about this particular call, ‘late for my Tinder date’ is just something you’d expect more to hear from a today’s generation!

  • Number 83

’83 – time for tea’. Ah, time for a cup of the nation’s favourite drink, or dinner (depending whereabouts in the country you reside). Well, not anymore! The number 83 is now ‘gluten free’ – according to the millennials. The gluten free section is the fastest growing aisle of your local supermarket, and it’s estimated that 8.5 million people in the UK have chosen to give up eating the food group. So, we guess it makes sense!

  • Number 88

Originally ‘two fat ladies’, the number 88 is now followed by Wills and Kate, in honour of everyone’s favourite royal couple, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This replacement makes a lot of sense really, as calling ‘two fat ladies’ is arguably a bit dated!

Other modern calls include ’15, Yas Qween’, ’49, Amazon Prime’, ’38, Avocado on a plate’, ’48, not another Brexit debate’, and ’86, Instagram pics.’

So, what’s your favorite?

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