16th Dec2019

Online bingo lingo for beginners

by James Smith

A New Year calls for new hobbies and while you may be familiar with the popular game of Bingo in its traditional format at a dedicated hall, you may not have ventured to its online counterpart yet. There are plenty of fun Bingo games from PP available online, with prizes to be won and fellow players to socialise with.

The same way that traditional Bingo has its own vocabulary for calling the numbers, the internet version too has its own lingo. There are dedicated chat rooms to speak to like-minded people, whether it’s while you’re waiting for games to start or as the action is in full-flow. But understanding the lingo may prove difficult for a newbie, as it’s all written in acronyms. To ensure you’re up to speed, we’ve provided you with all you need to know in this online bingo lingo glossary.

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Greetings

One thing you’ll notice instantly is that online bingo rooms are very sociable places – everyone talks to each other. Games are automated so you don’t need to worry about missing a number if you’re chatting with friends. The rooms are run by a moderator called the chat host (CH) and the players will all have usernames. These are all common greetings for people arriving to or departing bingo games.

  • GM – good morning
  • WB – welcome back
  • GTSY – good to see you
  • AFK – away from keyboard
  • B4N – bye for now
  • BBL/BBS – be back later/be back soon
  • HAGD – have a good day
  • G2G – got to go
  • SYS – see you soon

In-game

During the game, you’ll see players constantly chatting, usually about the round they’re playing. There are tons of acronyms out there, but these are the most popular ones you can expect to see.

  • GL/GLA/GLE – good luck/good luck all/good luck everyone. This is said before the game starts as a mark of respect to all players
  • 1TG/2TG/3TG – one to go/two to go/three to go. This refers to how many numbers players are waiting on to win. Players will normally count down from three to one, until there is a winner. The countdown creates a mixture of tension and excitement as players are hoping their numbers come up
  • WD/WTG – well done/way to go, to congratulate the winner
  • UL – unlucky, to commiserate losing players
  • BLNT – better luck next time
  • GG – good game
  • JP – jackpot, referring to games that have a jackpot prize alongside their standard wins
  • YAW – you’re a winner!

General chat

These acronyms and words are based on general slang. If you’re not up to speed on the latest messenger terms, read on. These aren’t game related, but more general conversational terms – after all, the Bingo community don’t just chat about the game. If you’re a regular, you’ll end up making friends in Bingo chatrooms – or you may even find your friends IRL (that’s ‘in real life’) playing online too.

  • ASL – age/sex/location. This is the question asked to newbies that join the room. If someone doesn’t recognise your username, be prepared to give them more information about yourself
  • CH/CM – chat host/chat master. The person behind the computer that is running and moderating games to make them enjoyable for everyone
  • JJ/JK – just joking/just kidding
  • NP – no problem
  • PM – private message
  • Roomie – another person in the chat room
  • TY/TYVM – thank you/thank you very much
  • YW – you’re welcome

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