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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:00

Online Bingo & How Bingo Ball Names Came About

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Did you know that bingo has it’s own totally unique lingo that has been around for decades?

Bingo ball names are used as a fun and memorable way to announce the bingo numbers drawn. The same tradition continues today when you play online bingo and if you’ve ever played you’ll be familiar with cheeky phrases such as two fat ladies, legs 11 and many more.

Bingo ball nicknames basically fall into two categories, those with rhyme, 3, a cup of tea and those with reason, 20, One score. Some balls even have more than one nickname, for example. 20 is also known as “getting plenty”. These names for bingo balls originated in Britain out of the Cockney Rhyming Slang that was prevalent in East London during the early Twentieth century but has since faded out of popular usage.

Rhyming slang is a colourful part of the English language that allowed totally contrasting subjects to be connected simply because they rhyme. It is intriguing to think that if Trouble and Strife didn’t rhyme with wife, what term would have been used. However in this context the slang for wife is remarkable apt, (I’m probably going to get a slap for that!)

We can all agree that the world of bingo would not be the same if it wasn’t for the homely and down right strange names we give to the bingo balls. By naming the balls, the game becomes a lot more personalised and warm, without them, it would be just a series of numbers and where would be the fun in that?

So let us know what your favourite bingo ball name is below or on our forum.