'Fat ladies' banned at bingo hall
THEY are saucy phrases which have brought a smile to generations of bingo players.When a bingo caller shouts out “two fat ladies'', then all the players know that the number 88 has been pulled out.
THEY are saucy phrases which have brought a smile to generations of bingo players.
When a bingo caller shouts out “two fat ladies'', then all the players know that the number 88 has been pulled out. Just the same, when they hear “legs 11'' then they know they can mark off number 11 on their card.
It's been part of the harmless fun of the game for decades.
But now, at one Suffolk bingo hall, those phrases have been banned - because council officials fear they might offend some people.
Bingo caller John Sayers, who is also a councillor, has been advised by officers at Sudbury Town Council that continuing to use the humorous lingo could land them in deep trouble.
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But it's had the opposite effect, with some players voting with their feet and joining a less politically correct game in nearby Great Cornard.
Mr Sayers, a town, district and county councillor for Sudbury, who calls the numbers at the Town Hall every Monday, said: “I was disappointed but I took good advice. I did not want to bring the Town Hall and myself into disrepute.
“There is a chance if you said 'two fat ladies' and there was a bingo call and you look across the hall and saw two fat ladies they could take it personally. Then we do not know how we stand insurance-wise.
“In my personal opinion it seems a bit of nonsense and it takes, to a certain extent, a lot of fun out of it.
“It does speed things up but it is like everything else, it has become too precise. It is a shame.
“A lot of people go to the more unofficial bingo in Great Cornard where they have a comment to make about every number.
“It is quite extraordinary the number of things you have to think twice about now. You have to think before you breathe nowadays.”
Sue Brotherwood, clerk of Sudbury Town Council, said she had made the decision in the after reading in a paper about a man being sued through calling at bingo.
“In particular with John being a councillor we have to be politically correct and whilst any insults were never meant I am afraid nowadays in the litigation society we live in people sometimes take these things personally,” she said. “The last thing we want is for John to be sued because he said two fat ladies, 88, and there just so happened to be two fat ladies there.
“It is very sad because it is part of the fun of bingo but unfortunately in today's society people take it literally.”
Despite the change in calling more than 100 people still keep their eyes down for a full house at the Town Hall every Monday and helped raise �3,000 for charities this year. And they still manage to reference an old favourite when Mr Sayers calls 22 by giving a 'quack, quack' in return.
Famous bingo lingo
The terminology for bingo number is done by the shape of the numbers and rhyming slang. The number 10, for instance, is associated with the Prime Minister's residence and changes according to who holds office. It is currently Gordon's Den. Some of the lingo is less than politically correct!
1. Kelly's eye / At the beginning / Nelson's column
2. One little duck / Me and you
3. You and me / Cup of tea / One Little Flea
4. Knock at the door / B4 (and after)
5. Man alive
6. Tom's tricks / Tom Nix / Chopsticks
7. Lucky seven / God's in heaven
8. One Fat Lady / Golden gate
9. Doctor's orders
10. Gordon's Den
11. Legs eleven
12. One dozen, One and two - a dozen, Monkey's cousin (rhymes with “a dozen”)
13. Unlucky for some, Devil's number, Baker's dozen
14. Valentine's day
15. Rugby team, Young and keen
16. Sweet sixteen / She's lovely / Never been kissed
17. Often been kissed / The age to catch 'em / Dancing Queen
18. Key of the door / Coming of age
19. Goodbye teens
20. Getting plenty / Blind 20
21. Key of the door
22. Two little ducks / All the twos
23. Thee and me / The Lord is my Shepherd
24. Two dozen
25. Duck and dive
26. Bed and breakfast / Half a crown / Pick and mix
27. Little duck with a crutch / Gateway to heaven
28. In a state / Over weight
29. You're doing fine
30. Burlington Bertie / Dirty Gertie / Speed limit / Flirty thirty / Blind 30
31. Get up and run
32. Buckle my Shoe
33. Dirty knees / All the threes / All the feathers / Two little fleas / Sherwood Forest
34. Ask for more
35. Jump and jive
36. Three dozen
37. A flea in heaven
38. Christmas cake
39. Those famous steps
40. Naughty Forty
41. Time for fun
42. That famous street in Manhattan / Whinny the Pooh
43. Down on your knees
44. Droopy drawers / All the fours
45. Halfway house / Halfway there
46. Up to tricks
47. Four and seven
48. Four dozen
49. PC (Police Constable) / Copper / Nick nick
50. Bulls eye / Blind 50 / Half a century
51. Tweak of the thumb
52. Weeks in a year / Danny La Rue
53. Stuck in the tree
54. Clean the floor
55. Snakes alive / All the fives
56. Was she worth it?
57. Heinz varieties
58. Make them wait / Choo choo Thomas
59. Brighton line
60. Three score / Blind 60 / Five dozen
61. Baker's bun
62. Tickety boo / Turn on the screw
63. Tickle me
64. Red raw / The Beatles number
65. Old age pension
66. Clickety click / All the sixes
67. Made in heaven / Argumentative number
68. Saving grace
69. The same both ways / your place or mine / Either way up / Meal for two
70. Three score and ten / Blind 70
71. Bang on the drum
72. A crutch and a duck / Six dozen / Par for the course
73. Crutch and a flea / Queen B
74. Candy store
75. Strive and strive
77. Sunset strip / All the sevens / Two little crutches
78. Heavens gate
79. One more time
80. Gandhi's breakfast / Blind 80 / Eight and blank
81. Fat lady and a little wee / Stop and run
82. Fat lady with a duck / Straight on through
83. Fat lady with a flea / Time for tea / Ethel's Ear
84. Seven dozen
85. Staying alive
86. Between the sticks
87. Fat lady with a crutch / Torquay in Devon
88. Two fat ladies / All the eights / Wobbly wobbly
89. Nearly there / All but one
90. Top of the shop / Top of the house / Blind 90 / End of the line