10 Bingo Calls with a 21st Century Twist

Article published on October 05, 2016 02:00pm


One of the most familiar things about bingo halls are the calls accompanying every number. These slang terms rhyme with or somehow refer to the number being called, like 'two fat ladies' being slang for the number 88.

A lot of bingo calls are based on references and rhymes from years gone by, becoming part of the great tradition of bingo. Nowadays, with the introduction of modern online bingo, we think it's time that bingo number nicknames got an update.

We've chosen 10 of our favourite numbers and transformed their traditional bingo nicknames into something suitable for the 21st century. Imagine shouting these out at a hall!

Number 1: One Direction

One Direction band members

Say 'One' and most under-18 girls will scream 'Direction!' Harry Styles and his crew have really taken the boyband trend of the 90s to an entirely new level. When it came for a call for number 1, there was really no other direction to go!


Number 3: Cup of (Herbal, Gluten-Free, Antioxidant) Tea

Pouring tea into a cup

It's the 21st century, nobody has English Breakfast with a dash of milk anymore! Walk into any hipster cafe and expect to see at least 50 blends, all boasting different benefits. We're not even sure tea can contain gluten, but you just know someone is advertising gluten-free tea somewhere...


Number 9: Selfie Time

Taking a selfie gif

Come on everybody, get out your selfie sticks! If you don't have one, you can always balance your iPhone on your bingo blotter. Plus remember to hashtag any photos with #bingo #selfie.


Number 11: Dinner With Bae

Cat in human clothes with human hands eating dinner

It's always lovely to have some one-on-one time with your bae, especially when you're having a nice dinner together. Although most of the time when people talk about having 'dinner with bae' it's most likely going to be a microwave dinner... shared with their cat.


Number 22: Tae Tae

Taylor Swift

It's difficult to think about the number 22 these days without thinking about Taylor Swift. Her catchy hit '22' has been rocking the radio since 2012, and now we all know 'everything will be alright as long as we keep dancing like we're 22'!


Number 26: Kylie's Lips

Kylie Jenner lip challenge

The 'Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge' was truly one of the most mind-boggling online trends of 2016. Not only did it make anyone who tried it look like a confused fish, it also posed a serious health hazard!


Number 31: Man Bun

Man with giant man bun hairstyle

You're 31 years old and you still have a man bun?! It's time to get the scissors out, hun.


Number 42: Let's Be Havin' You!

Delia Smith

A phrase made famous by a drunken Delia Smith, speaking at the Norwich FC Carrow Road football stadium. Probably one of the best moments of the century so far.


Number 56: Chill with Netflix

Netflix on laptop waving with roses

Half the fun of Bingo calls is hearing the rude ones (Dirty Gertie anyone?), but a lot of them come from jokes and songs that are decades old. The latest popular slang for naughty business is 'Netflix and Chill', a situation where very little Netflix watching goes on... so when you get 56, chill with Netflix!


Number 73: Queen Bey

Beyonce dancing to 'Single Ladies' song

Queen Bee? Make way for Queen Bey! Beyonce has become one of the defining figures of this century, going from Destiny's Child leading lady to flawless solo singer and feminist icon.

What would your updated Bingo calls be? Let us know in the comments!



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