The Shape of Bingo Numbers

To add humor and creativity to a Bingo game, callers often gave nicknames based on the shape of the numbers. The nicknames stuck on and what ever they are, it’s all in good humor!

  • 1 - Nelson's column

    Resembling a pillar, it is also called the Nelson’s Column that stands tall in Trafalgar Square in London.

  • 2 - One little duck

    The number resembles a duck and hence the nickname.

  • 3 - One Little Flea

    The number resembles a small flea and the nickname follows.

  • 7 - One little crutch

  • 8 - One Fat Lady.

    The number is compared to the hourglass figure of a buxom lady

  • 11 – Legs/ Legs, they're lovely/ Kelly's legs/ Chicken legs/ Skinny legs

  • 20 - Blind 20

  • 22 - Two little ducks/ Ducks on a pond/ Dinky doo/ Quack quack/ Bishop Desmond/ Put your 22's on/ Too(t) too(t)

  • 25 - Duck and dive

  • 27 - Little duck with a crutch

  • 30 - Blind 30

  • 33 - All the feathers / Two little fleas

  • 37 - A flea in heaven

  • 72 - A crutch and a duck

  • 73 - Crutch and a flea

  • 77 - Two little crutches

  • 81 - Fat lady and a little wee

  • 82 - Fat lady with a duck

  • 83 - Fat lady with a flea/ Ethel's Ear

  • 87 - Fat lady with a crutch

  • 88 - Two fat ladies/Wobbly wobbly

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