Bingo loyalists unhappy about millennial slang creeping into the game


The club has even substituted ’88 – Two fat ladies’ with ’88 – Two body positive ladies’.

Mr Baron believes the new repertoire of risque jokes and long number calls could be off-putting for traditional bingo players, who tend to be women aged between 45 and 55 who want to get on with the games without delay.

He told The Telegraph: “In some of the newer bingo contexts out there at the moment, which are a bit cutting-edge and are aimed at younger people, some of the innuendos are very offensive.

“If you’re a traditional bingo customer in a bingo club and somebody calls 69 and says 6 and 9, sixty-nine, you mark off 69.

“But if you’re in one of these more risque, food and drink, aimed at young people-type environments the innuendos on 6 and 9, sixty-nine, probably wouldn’t be appropriate.”

He added: “What they’re doing is absolutely brilliant because it’s changing perceptions and it’s trying to bring bingo into the future.

“Nevertheless, some of the terminology, the jokes, the innuendo is downright vulgar.”

Mr Baron explained that the traditional bingo number calls – such as ’11 – Legs Eleven’ and ’28 – Overweight’ – have been fazed out by many clubs because they take too long to read and are sometimes considered too politically incorrect, but the new wave of youth-focussed events are filling the void with even ruder phrases.


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