One of the most entertaining aspects of visiting a bingo hall is the caller. All regular bingo players know the standard calls, such as “two fat ladies” and “legs eleven”, however there are some bingo halls out there that like to spice things up a little by adding rude bingo calls to their repertoire – perfect for a more risqué night of bingo!
But what exactly are some of the rude bingo calls you’ll find, and why are they used? You can find out more when you read through the page on rude bingo calls below…
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There are loads of rude bingo calls out there, some of which are hilarious, others of which aren’t quite as funny. We’ve made a list of some of the best rude bingo calls we’ve heard below – why not get some inspiration from them if you’re thinking of calling the bingo anytime soon? Don’t just use our list though – be creative and try to make up some of your own!
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- Teeth in a whore (4)
- Sexy Kate (8)
- Stick your tongue up a hen (10)
- Keep ‘em keen (19)
- Getting plenty (20)
- Adult fun (21)
- Dirty Gertie (30)
- Flirty whore (34)
- I’ve done your mum (41)
- On all fours (44)
- Kinky tricks (66)
- Your place or mine? (69)
- Let’s procreate (78)
As you can see, some of them are pretty tame, while others are definitely adult only! We’re sure you can also create some others for the numbers missing above. You’ll also find some other examples online, as they were a little too rude for us to include on this page!
Before looking at why rude bingo calls are used, it’s perhaps best to first say this: if you’re thinking about using rude bingo calls at your next game, make sure you read the audience beforehand! There might be some people who bring children along, or there might be more elderly players there. Both of these sets of people might not be too happy if you start calling out rude calls to them! Rude calls are great when you have a group of adults looking for some fun though.
Perhaps the main reason why rude bingo calls are used is for entertainment. The old bingo calls are pretty tame and don’t add an extra dimension of sauciness to the calling process. Rude calls, however, should have players howling with laughter as they try to mark off their bingo cards at the same time. This is especially the case if you manage to make up some hilarious calls of your own.
Rude calls are also often used so that players can identify the number being called – something that is also the case with standard bingo calls. A quick shout of “30” might not be heard by all players, but adding “Dirty Gertie” to the call can leave players in no doubt as to the number called. Some of the more obscure calls might have to be repeated though, especially if they don’t rhyme.
Finally, the ruder calls will appeal to a younger audience – an audience that bingo halls are now trying to target. Younger players now account for a larger portion of players than at any time in recent memory, and anything that attracts them can only be a good thing for the game. Of course, there should always be some less risqué games thrown in as well though, in order to cater towards others in the room.
There is not a standard set of rude calls for bingo, instead meaning that bingo callers have to make them up themselves, or borrow them from others. Rude calls were first used by Butlins and Ann Summers in order to spice up their games, but the original calls from these two companies have been modified and added to over the years.
There are a few standard bingo calls that are a little rude though – just take “Two fat ladies, 88” as an example. Most people aren’t going to be very happy if you refer to them as a fat lady, but for some reason it has become part of the bingo lingo.
So, there you have it: everything you could ever need to know about rude bingo calls! We think that they add an extra dimension of fun to bingo games (when used at the appropriate time) and they can be great when looking to attract a younger crowd to the bingo hall.
There’s nothing stopping you from making up your own rude bingo calls, so why not have a think right now and come up with some?
Have you ever wondered why your bingo callershouts “two fat ladies“? Or “doctor’s orders“? Or “two little ducks“? Who was “Tom Mix” and “Burlington Bertie”. Where did this bingo lingo originate? (Please note that here we discuss bingo call origins – not the ‘bingo lingo’ referring to abbreviations etc used in bingo chat rooms).
The truth is that while most of these bingo terms are known, some others are a little unclear. Take a look at “Kelly’s eye” for instance. Different sources may even given a different meaning to the same call.
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Certainly the military is responsible for many of the calls – all the army divisions for example. Plus “Doctor’s orders“, “6 & 2 to Waterloo” etc. This is no surprise considering that bingo began as a gambling game popular in the early Army and Navy. Which will seem strange to those people today who still believe that its’ a game for little old ladies!
The list below gives you as much information as we currently have regarding bingo calling origins. Please let us know if you have further / differing info!
Two Fat Ladies – and other bingo lingo.
1 Kelly’s eye – All sources suggest it is military slang. It may originate from the outlaw Ned Kelly. Or the music hall song “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?” But neither have anything to do with only one eye.
6 Tom Mix – a cowboy film star from the silent movie era.
8Harry Tate – a music hall comedian and early film star.
9 doctor’s orders / doctor’s joy – number 9 was a laxative pill issued in the army and navy. Supposedly because 9pm was the latest time in the day when a doctor could be seen.
10 Theresa’s den – changes depending upon the Prime Minister at the time. So has variously been Maggie’s den, Tony’s den etc.
11 legs – looking like a pair of legs.
14 the lawnmower – early lawnmowers had a 14 inch blade.
17 dancing queen – “You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen” – ABBA.
17 old Ireland – could be because St Patrick’s Day is on March 17th. But more likely to be that when Ireland was all one country it was made up of 17 counties.
21 royal salute – referring to a 21 gun salute.
22 two little ducks – the number 2 looks like a duck.
22 dinkie-doo – a dated term for a concert party.
23 The Lord is My Shepherd – the first line of psalm 23.
24 Pompey whore – Sailors nickname for Portsmouth. And who would they go and see as soon as they docked?
26 half a crown / bed and breakfast – both refer to the 2/6 of old money – supposedly the price of one night’s B&B at one time.
28 in a state – ‘two and eight’ is cockney rhyming slang for ‘in a state’.
28 The Old Braggs – the 28th Foot The North Gloucestershire Army Regiment.
30 Dirty Gertie – Lightning zap slot. a 1946 film.
30 Burlington Bertie – a popular music hall song from the early 1900s.
33 Sherwood Forrest – say ‘all the threes’ in an Irish accent….
39 steps – from the John Buchan novel & Alfred Hitchcock film “The Thirty Nine Steps”.
39 Jack Benny – an American comedian who was big in the 1950s and 60s. His ‘running gag’ was that he was 39 years old.
42 the street in Manhattan – ’42nd Street’ was a 1933 film.
44 droopy drawers – looks like a pair of drawers half way down.
44 Aldershot Ladies – a military term – originally ‘Aldershot whores’. But was cleaned up a little …….
45 cowboy’s friend – a Colt 45 revolver.
49 PC – a 1940s / 50s radio show about Police Constable Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby – P.C. 49.
50 Hawaii five oh – an American 70s police drama.
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50 Snow White’s number – “five ohhh five ohhh its off to work we go….”
51 The Highland Div – the 51st Army Division.
52 The Lowland Div – the 52nd Army Division.
52 Danny La Rue – a 60s / 70s drag artist.
53 here comes Herbie – The number on the bonnet of the Walt Disney car.
53 The Welsh Div – the 53rd Army Division.
54 house with a bamboo door –“Number fifty-four, the house with the bamboo door” – Earl Grant.
56 Shotts bus – the number 56 bus went from Glasgow to Shotts.
56 was she worth it? – 5/6 was supposedly once the price of a marriage licence (the same story goes for 7/6).
57 Heinz varieties – ‘Heinz 57 varieties’ is the famous company slogan.
58 choo choo Thomas – we all recognise Thomas the Tank Engine as being no. 1 engine. But it would seem he has had a few number changes throughout his career – no. 58 being one of them at some point in the late 1950s. (thanks to Eugene Rittgers for his help in discovering this ….)
59 the Brighton Line – refers to the London to Brighton bus service. Was either a 59 bus or cost 5/9.
62 tickety-boo – an army phrase. possibly originating from the Hindi “tickee babu” meaning “everything’s alright sir”.
62 turn of the screw – a Henry James ghost story.
62 to Waterloo – a Naval term. Not referring to the battle but to the cost – 6/2 – of a the fare from Portsmouth to Waterloo station.
64 The Beatle’s number –“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” – The Beatles.
67 the argumentative number – from the phrase “at sixes and sevens” meaning to be in a state of confusion.
68 saving grace – unknown. Another example of bingo lingo with obscure origins.
72 par for the course – the typical par for a championship golf course.
75 Big Daddy – in American bingo the numbers go from 1 – 75. So this is the highest on the card. But taken on in Britain because of the name of the 70s wrestler.
76 was she worth it? – 7/6 was supposedly once the price of a marriage licence (the same story goes for 5/6).
76 trombones – “Seventy-six trombones led the big parade” – from ‘The Music Man’.
77 Sunset Strip – an American TV show from the 50s/60s.
80 Gandhi’s breakfast – because when fasting Gandhi ‘ate nothing’ / ‘eight nothing’. Also the number looks like someone sitting cross legged by an empty plate from above.
83 Ethel’s ear – the original fat lady who played bingo – now lost to legend. She supposedly had large ears!
86 between the sticks – a common reference at one time for a goalkeeper standing between the goal posts.
88 two fat ladies – looking like two ‘wobbly’ fat ladies.
88 Connaught Rangers – the 88th Army Regiment of Foot.
bingo lingo – general number ‘look-a-likes’.
2 looks like a duck or swan.
3 looks like a flea (or at least rhymes with it!).
5 looks like a snake.
7 looks like a crutch.
8 looks like a fat lady. And yes …. a pair look like two fat ladies …….
So although the history of bingo is lost in the mists of time, the origin of most of these traditional bingo calls are known (or guessed!).