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Learning the Bingo Lingo

It doesn’t matter what sport, game or hobby that you fall in love with, each one of them comes equipped with its own dictionary that is full to the brim with the lingo in question.

Here are a few of the more common phrases that you need to know if you are going to divulge in a spot of bingo-bango.

The Buy In
This is the name given to the monetary value of your ticket. If your ticket costs 10p to play, then your buy-in is 10p.

This is the name given to the person, or voice, whose role it is to call the names of the balls that have been drawn at random.

Blackout or Coverall
This is the term used when you need all 24-bingo balls on your card to be called in order to win.

This is the acronym for the Chat Host Manager, responsible for making sure that the chat room is running smoothly when playing online bingo.
In land-based bingo the caller will often follow up a draw with the use of a Bingo calling sign. Not every number has a calling sign, but most do. Here is a selection of them.

Legs Eleven
This is the name called when the bingo ball is number 11. Its name is derived from the fact that the two ones look like two legs. Bingo players usually respond with a wolf whistle.

One Little Duck and Two Little Ducks
One Little Duck is the term used to describe the number two, and it’s named because the shape of a two resembles that of a duck. Two Little Ducks is the term used for the number 22 and should be self-explanatory.

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