Sadly, bingo calling names are not quite what they once were. While calling names are still used, the exciting and fun names of yesteryear have mostly been abandoned.
Occasionally, modern day bingo callers will call a number by using the old formulas, although in a game which is using the modern system of calling, this is fairly unusual. While some traditional bingo calling names can be quite offensive, while still being amusing, it seems that bingo players always took this in their stride.
Modern and Traditional Bingo Calling Names
Modern day bingo, both online and offline, follows quite a specific formula, which for those who have ever played in a game with traditional bingo calling names, is quite boring. Callers will, with some minor exceptions, call all two digit numbers as they are. For example, thirty-five will be called out as "Three and five, thirty-five." In traditional bingo calling, thirty-five would have been called as "Jump and jive, thirty-five." Double numbers that are called, for example sixty-six, will be called as "All the sixes, sixty-six." While that formula was also used in traditional bingo calling, sixty-six was also called as "Clickety click, sixty-six." When single digit numbers are called, the formula used, as in the example of the number six, is "Six on its own, number six." Traditional bingo callers would call "Tom's tricks, number six."
A Partial Bingo Glossary of Traditional Bingo Calling Names