I’m a big fan of bingo to be fair. Have been since I was a kid, playing the prize bingo in Coral Island in Blackpool… being only 28, I know I’m in the minority in that I’m a player who’s relatively young and because of that, I often don’t understand the bingo calls. You don’t often hear them in bingo clubs these days, because everything is electronic and they’re focused on getting the numbers out quickly. However, with the online bingo game, the calls are starting to make a comeback and it turns out I’m still clueless.
So because I’m nosy, more than anything else, I’ve done a bit of research into the more baffling bingo calls and where they’ve come from. The ones that I genuinely couldn’t even guess at what they meant… some of them have some really interesting stories behind them.
“Doctor’s Orders Number 9”
Apparently, back in the day, the Number 9 was a laxative pill used in the Army and Navy (where bingo began, would you believe). It’s weird to think that this sort of game, now favoured by the older generation and admittedly mostly females, started in a place littered with young guys. So the next time someone starts doubting the masculinity of bingo, just point them in the direction of its roots!
“Key To The Door, 21”
You see people being given keys at certain birthdays, normally 18 and 21. I’ve never got it… just thought they were decorative. It turns out that what it actually represents is the curfew, or lack thereof, when living with your parents. Before you hit 21, you had a certain time you had to be back home but when you got to 21, you got a key and could come back whenever you wanted! Weird to think I’d have never made that connection… ever.
“59, The Brighton Line”
Apparently, this is as simple as it sounds and it’s not just a nice sounding rhyme. The “59” was a bus between London and Brighton. It’s a disputed origin though, because people don’t know if the 59 refers to the number of the bus or the price it was to get there.
“Meal for Two, 69”
Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s not that. It’s something else. It refers to Chinese Takeaways and the fact that you order meals by their number.
You lot are filthy.
“7 and 6, Was She Worth It?”
This is my favourite one, because when playing bingo with my Gran, it lights her up. If you’ve ever played bingo at a hotel or an independent hall, the chances are the bingo caller will ask “Was she worth it?” when calling the number 76. It turns out the reason for this, is because it cost 7 shillings and 6 pence for a marriage licence! So the next time someone at the bingo asks “Was she worth it?” at the bingo, the ONLY appropriate response, is “Every penny!”.
So there you have it. Five dodgy bingo calls and their pretty extraordinary origins. Let me know in the comments of any others you want me to research or any interesting stories you’ve had at the bingo. If you like trying your luck in other ways, why not enter our latest giveaway and see if you’ll be a winner! Hope you enjoyed this story and as always, if you want to keep up with everything here on Mighty Duxburys be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
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