Amusing Bingo Calls and Nicknames

Bingo CallsBingo has become a hugely popular form of entertainment across the generations, with young and old coming together to enjoy the simple thrills of the game. Even though this is such a highly played game, both inside bingo halls and online, it’s surprising how many people are unaware of its origins. Given its popularity in the UK alone, people naturally assume that it’s a UK created game, and yet its origins date all the way back to 1530, in Italy. However, the game that we recognise today, didn’t come into being until it was further developed in France, in the 1800s.

Funnily enough however, while the game dates back to the 1500s, and developed further in the 1800s, it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that bingo names started to be used. And that is a UK feature that has become synonymous with bingo games ever since. Originally these g>bingo n/rhymesicknames were used to convey secret messages in and around East London, however it didn’t take long for the mischievous fun to perforate bingo halls, and thus a key bingo feature was born. Not only did these bingo calls introduce additional fun into the body of the games, but it also helped bingo players differentiate between similar sounding names, such as 42 and 52, an argument that other bingo historians have remarked on.

Complete List of Funny Bingo Calls

If you’ve never played bingo inside a bingo hall, you may not have heard of many calls, if any at all, and so we’ve compiled a list of all known bingo nicknames:

Reason for These Bingo Calls

We’ve already given some reasons as to why these nicknames came into being, such as them deriving from secret messages, however there’s more to these calls than this. Furthermore, the reasons why each call is associated with a number provides an interesting history, covering that of rhymes, the shape of the number themselves, and history. Just like with the individual nicknames, there’s a lot of ground to cover here, and so we’ll try and provide the information as concisely as possible. Please note when reading through this article, that different regions may have altered the calls slightly to suit their audiences, and so you may not see an exact call detailed that you’ve heard before.

Historical Reasons

One of the chief reasons for funny bingo calls can be traced back to the 1950s and 60s, with the names used simply having sticked since around that time. The main reason for this has been attributed by the fact that bingo was at its most popular during this time, and so the nicknames given out firmly became part of the scene, and have continued to do so ever since. Given the basis for the name we’re going to touch upon, it stands to reason that they could easily be updated with more relevant terms currently in use. However, to do this would arguably take away from the heritage of this game, and so it’s up for debate whether a change in names is worthwhile.

Rhyming Reasons

Another way that these calls have been created is from the simple fact that the numbers rhyme with a word or two, and so it’s logically to use them for a nickname. This is by far the most simplest of the explanations for the bingo calls, but by no means any less interesting. Just as with the historical rationale, we’re going to draw attention to three of the most commonly used rhyming bingo bynames.

Numbers Shape Reasons

The last explanation we’re going to draw upon is that of the shapes of the numbers. Unlike with the rhyming and historical links, calls determined by the shape of numbers tend to not be as funny, nor have the same level of reach as with other nicknames. A possible reason for this is that only a select few numbers have unique shapes (alone or placed together), and so the range of creativity is limited.