From Legs 11 to Staying Alive; All You Need to Know about Bingo Lingo

Every club, society and group has its own rules, regulations and lingo. Some are more complicated than others; some involve special handshakes whilst others seem to speak in a foreign language.

Whatever oddities and peculiarities each group lays claim to, it helps define the group as a whole as well as its member and help build a strong identity, community and encourage camaraderie. The humble game of bingo has its own language too.

Like shorthand and Cockney rhyming slang, ‘bingo lingo’ is a secret form of communication that only bingo players know. However, not all bingo players know exactly what all these ‘Staying Alive’ ‘Jump and Jive’ phrases actually mean, until now.

Along with free online bingo at Costa Bingo, it has launched now its very own ‘Bingo Lingo’ glossary infographic. Every number from one to 90 has its own lingo. Here are some of the best.

Number one is referred to as ‘Kelly’s Eye’. It took its name straight from the one-eyed Australian gangster Ned Kelly.

Number two is also pretty ‘out there’. One little duck has been assigned the number two spot because twos look luck ducks on water, apparently.

Another random choice is number six, ‘Tom Mix’. This has nothing to do with mix rhyming with six.

The number six actually got its name from Thomas Edwin aka the action Tom Mix who starred in 336 silent Western films.

Rhyme is one way to give numbers their own little story. The number 30 is called Burlington Bertie, which was a song from 1900.

It has nothing to do with bingo or the number 30; Bertie just rhymes with 30. Number 34, ‘ask for more’ is possibly from the Oliver Twist scene, but it’s chosen based on its rhyming ability and nothing more.

Costa Bingo created the glossary to make bingo easier to understand to both beginners and veteran players and more importantly, it wanted to make the game fun for all.

Aside from 75- and 90-ball bingo games you can play free online bingo at Costa Bingo too, where you can win up to £10,000 every Friday night.

But before you get started and start reading up on the lingo, check out Gamble Aware for all the information you could ever need on the UK’s gambling industry.