If you saw Aquamaids Bingo’s previous article about bingo lingo and how the numbers 1-7 are called out on the other side of the pond, you know European bingo and especially bingo in the UK is run a little bit differently than we typically do it here. As bingo buffs, we’re not just fascinated by the game itself, but also its historical antecedents, regional variants, and other points of interest. Whether you’re looking to settle a friendly wager with a sibling or need a bit of knowledge to drop on your know-it-all best friend, or just for your own entertainment and edification, Aquamaids Bingo proudly presents bingo lingo for calls 8-15! And if you missed our first article, click the link above for more about the unique and fascinating history of your favorite game!
Bingo Calls 8-15
Take a walk through the “Garden Gate” when you hit B-8! While the rhyme is obvious, “garden gate” allegedly has a doubled historical meaning as a place for secret meetings and dead drops dating back at least to the beginning of the Cold War, if not earlier still. But if B-8 rounds out your card and lets you call out “BINGO!”, why would you want to keep it to yourself?
If you’re feeling fine with number Nine, it’s probably thanks to your good “Doctor’s Orders!” During WWI, or “the Great War,” British troops who were feeling less than their best were given a pill known as “Number Nine.” This pill was allegedly a cure-all or panacea for every possible ailment soldiers could face in the field. In reality, it was a powerful laxative! But as a bingo call, landing “B-9” to daub that elusive last spot is sure to leave you feeling a lot better–and richer!
In bingo, going to the “Prime Minister’s Den” should mean you’re in trouble of some kind. Instead, it’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street in London. Bingo callers always keep this one up to date, so the currently serving PM as of this writing would be “Boris Johnson’s Den.” No matter who’s in charge, though, hitting a bingo with #10 is always a good thing!
Nothing beats a great pair of legs–except one backed up by the chance to call, “Bingo!” “Legs eleven” refers to the look of the number 11, which with the application of a little imagination resembles a pair of legs. Just make sure you don’t walk off before you claim your prizes when B-11 gets you into the money!
If you caught “a dozen,” you’ve just daubed B-12 on your card. You might also hear “a twelve-pack [of beer]” or “a dozen eggs” or “a dozen doughnuts,” depending upon the caller. There’s no clever rhyme going with this one, but it has the advantage of making the intent very hard to miss!
“Unlucky for some,” the number “13” has a very checkered history in Western culture. Just about everyone is familiar with the legends and superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th, or the ill fortune that is supposed to be attached to this number. Some people have an outright phobia of the number 13, known formally as triskaidekaphobia. But if B-13 lets you finish out your card, it may just be your lucky number! Some callers avoid mentioning the negative connotations of 13 by simply saying, “A baker’s dozen,” but as this has a tendency to cause confusion with the number 12, the practice has fallen out of favor in most places.
“Valentine’s Day” is known internationally as being the designated day for over-the-top expressions of romantic love. Whether you’re buying your first box of chocolates, presenting a ring or renewing your vows with your beloved, the 14th of February is a special day for lovers. And whether you love Valentine’s Day, can’t stand it, or just feel kind of “meh” about it, you’ll be sure to get warm fuzzies when B-14 nets you the big prize!
Whether you’re just starting your life or you’ve raised multiple generations, you’ll certainly feel “young and keen” when you hit B-15 to complete your card! This rhyming slang comes from the Cockney dialect, as many of the rhymes and half-ditties Continental callers use to do. Born in the East End of London as a kind of verbal code, its elaborate structure of rhymes, half-rhymes, and word substitutions such as swapping “fifteen” for “young and keen” has puzzled and delighted linguists, language geeks, and people of every background and demographic. It’s also uniquely well-suited to bingo calling, especially in the UK!
So here it is! Another lesson in international bingo calls down. Be sure to visit regularly to see our next set of bingo calls. And don’t forget to drop by Aquamaids Bingo Hall on St. Martin Avenue in Santa Clara for all the exciting bingo action you’ve been looking for! Buy in online or through our iOS and Android apps for your next session, and be sure to check out the Aquamaids Café, offering a new and improved menu and also accepting credit and debit cards!
It all happens at Aquamaids Bingo, where the winners play!