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Bingo Terminology & Lingo

As a new player some of the terminology used on this site and at the online bingo sites might be a bit confusing. In this section we cover all of the most common terms you will come across as well as the chat lingo and the most common bingo calls.
 

Terminology

75 Ball
A bingo variation played with 75 balls. Most common in the United States the games are played with cards that have a 5x5 grid.

90 Ball
The most common bingo variation in the UK. Games are played with cards having 3 rows of 9 squares. Each row has a maximum of 5 numbers.

Bingo Board
The area on the screen where the drawn numbers are displayed.

Blackout
A bingo game where the aim is to cover all of the squares on your card

Card
The ticket or card uses to play bingo. Each card has different numbers on it.

Chat Master | CM
The person in charge of the chat section of the online bingo site.

Chat Room
The area of the online bingo site where you can interact with other players by chatting. Often additional bonuses and promotions are awarded in chat.

Free Space
The square in the middle or a 75 ball bingo card. This square is automatically filled and should be marked off when you start the game.

Full House
A full house is achieved when you mark off all numbers on your 90 ball bingo card.

Jackpot
An extra prize offered for getting the required pattern within a set number of balls.

Pattern
The required layout of correct numbers needed to win. In 90 ball bingo there are three possible patterns - line, 2 lines and full house.

Progressive Jackpot
A jackpot that grows as people play. In general progressive jackpots are awarded for getting a difficult pattern in a small amount of numbers.

Single Line
A completed row on a 90 ball bingo card.

Two Lines Across
Two completed rows on a 90 ball bingo card.
 

Chat Lingo

One of the best things about playing bingo online is the community feel. You can chat with other players while you play via the chat window. If you have never participated in an online chat you might be puzzled by some of the codes people are using. Below we have the meanings of the most common chant lingo.
 

AFC - Away from computer AWK - Away from keyboard
AYT - Are you there? ATM - At the moment
BB - Bye Bye BBL - Be back later
BBS - Be back soon BLNG - Better luck next game
BRB - Be right back BTW - By the way
CM - Chat master | Chat monitor COI - Come on in
DK - Don't know DTS - Don't think so
EMML - E-mail me later GG - Got to go
GGA - Good game all GL - Good luck
GLE - Good luck everyone IMO - In my opinion
JJ - Just joking LOL - Laughing out loud
NP - No problem PLS - Please
ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing SYS - See you soon
TTYL - Talk to you later TY - Thank you
WTG - Way to go YW - Your welcome
 
Bingo Calls
Below are the most common UK bingo calls. As you will see some numbers have more than one possible call which can vary from bingo hall to bingo hall.
 
1. Kelly's Eye | At the Beginning 46. Up to Tricks
2. One Little Duck | Me and You 47. Four and Seven
3. Cup of tea | You and Me 48. Four Dozen
4. Knock at the Door 49. P.C. | Copper | Nick Nick
5. Man Alive 50. Half a Century | Bulls Eye
6. Tom's tricks | Tom Nix 51. Tweak of the Thumb
7. Lucky Seven 52. Danny La Rue | Weeks in a Year
8. One Fat Lady | Garden Gate 53. Stuck in the Tree
9. Doctor's Orders 54. Clean the Floor
10. Tony's Den 55. Snakes Alive | All the Fives
11. Legs Eleven 56. Was she worth it?
12. One Dozen 57. Heinz Varieties
13. Unlucky for Some | Baker’s Dozen 58. Make them Wait
14. Valentines Day 59. Brighton Line
15. Young and keen | Rugby Team 60. Five Dozen | Three Score
16. Sweet Sixteen | She's Lovely 61. Bakers Bun
17. Dancing Queen 62. Turn on the Screw | Tickety Boo
18. Coming of Age 63. Tickle Me
19. Goodbye Teens 64. Red Raw | The Beatles’ Number
20. One Score | Blind 20 65. Old Age Pension
21. Key of the Door 66. Clickety Click | All the Sixes
22. Two Little Ducks | All the Twos 67. Made in Heaven
23. Thee and Me 68. Saving Grace
24. Two dozen 69. Either Way Up
25. Duck and Dive 70. Three Score and Ten | Blind 70
26. Pick and Mix | Bed and Breakfast 71. Bang on the Drum
27. Gateway to Heaven 72. Six Dozen | A Crutch and a Duck
28. Over Weight | In a State 73. Crutch and a flea | Queen B
29. You're doing Fine | Rise and Shine 74. Candy Store
30. Burlington Bertie | Speed Limit 75. Strive and Strive
31. Get up and Run 76. Trombones | Was She Worth It
32. Buckle my Shoe 77. Sunset Strip | All the Sevens
33. Dirty Knees | All the Threes 78. Heavens Gate
34. Ask for More 79. One More Time
35. Jump and Jive 80. Eight and Blank | Blind 80
36. Three Dozen 81. Stop and Run
37. A Flea in Heaven 82. Straight on Through
38. Christmas Cake 83. Time for Tea | Ethel's Ear
39. Those Famous Steps | Steps 84. Seven Dozen
40. Naughty Forty 85. Staying Alive
41. Time for Fun 86. Between the Sticks
42. Winnie the Pooh 87. Torquay in Devon
43. Down on your Knees 88. Two fat ladies | All the Eights
44. Droopy Drawers | All the Fours 89. Nearly there | All but One
45. Halfway There | Halfway House 90. Top of the Shop
 
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