Bingo Lingo

bingo lingo
Many gamers start their online play with bingo. It’s a game that’s already familiar to a large number of players. Even those who have never played before can typically learn the game in just minutes. Despite the rather simple rules involved, playing online bingo comes with an entirely new set of lingo that you wouldn’t hear in a typical bingo hall. But there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. Many of the bingo lingo terms are easy to use and can help foster a welcoming environment for a fun online community. Learn more about bingo lingo and how you can use it when you play online.

Abc's of Bingo Lingo

To be sure, it’s a long list full of largely unfamiliar terms. However, the following sections will give you some helpful tips for mastering these bingo lingo basics.

Welcome Lingo

GmGood morning
GTSYGlad to see you
LTNSLong time no see
WBWelcome back

General Chat Bingo Lingo

*G*Giggle or grin
AFAIKAs far as I know
AKAAlso known as
ASAPAs soon as possible
BDTBout darn time
BTWBy the way
CMChat master/monitor/moderator
EMSGEmail message
FWIWFor what it's worth
FYIFor your information
GMTAGreat minds think alike
H&KHug and kiss
ICI see
IMOIn my opinion
IRLIn real life
IYKWIMIf you know what I mean
JJJust joking
JKJust kidding
JTLYKJust to let you know
JMOJust my opinion
KOTCKiss on the cheek
KOTL    Kiss on the lips
LMAOLaughing my ass off
LOLLaughing out loud
LUWAMHLove you with all my heart
LYLove ya
NETUANobody ever tells us anything
NPNo problem
OICOh I see
OMGOh my goodness (gawd)
OTOHOn the other hand
PMPrivate message
PMSLPeeing myself laughing
ROFLRolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAORolling on floor laughing my ass off
RoomieAnother member in chat room
SOSignificant other
SOHFSense of humor failure
SWAKSealed with a kiss
SWLScreaming with laughter
TOYThinking of you
TMIToo much information
TPTBThe powers that be
TYVMThank you very much
VEGVery evil grin
WTHWhat or who the heck
WYSIWYGWhat you see is what you get
XOXOXOXHugs and kisses
YBSYou'll be sorry
YSRYeah sure right
YVWYou're very welcome
YWYou're welcome

Playing Bingo Lingo

1TG1 bingo ball to bingo
2TG2 bingo balls to bingo
3TG3 bingo balls to bingo
BLNTBetter luck next time
FAQFrequently Asked Questions
GGGood going or good game
GLGood luck
GLAGood luck all
GLEGood luck everyone
HHISHanging head in shame
RTFRead the FAQ
SACSorry all close
WDWell done
WTGWay to go
?Please explain
?4UQuestion for you

Leaving Bingo Lingo

AFKAway from keyboard
AFK2PAway from keyboard to pee
B4NBye for now
BBIAMBe back in a minute
BBLBe back later
BBSBe back soon
BRBBe right back
CUSee you
CYASee ya
CYAL8RSee ya later
G2GGot to go
GNGood night
HAGDHave a good day
HBHurry back
KITKeep in touch
L8R G8RLater gator
POOFI have left the chat
SYSSee you soon
TCTake care
TTFNTa ta for now
TTYLTalk to you later

Online Bingo Lingo in Action

If you're new to the online bingo community, it's a great idea to join a chat and see what the lingo looks like in action. Here's an example:

BingoJo312: Nice win, WTG!

LetsPlay5x5: TYVM!

BingoJo312: YW, but watch out for me this next round or YBS! JK GF *W*

LetsPlay5x5: OMG I'm LOL! Wish I could play another round but I've got to go, TTFN!

Here's what that conversation looks like with all the lingo translated for you:

BingoJo312: Nice win, way to go!

LetsPlay5x5: Thank you very much!

BingoJo312: You're welcome, but watch out for me this next round or you'll be sorry! Just kidding, girlfriend *wink*.

LetsPlay5x5: Oh my goodness I'm laughing out loud! Wish I could play another round but I've got to go, ta ta for now!

By looking at these conversations, you can start to better understand how bingo lingo is naturally incorporated as a shorthand for some of the common language used by online players.

Tips for Memorizing Online Bingo Lingo

While studying real conversations certainly helps, it's not enough for memorizing the bingo lingo terms listed here. Fortunately, these three tips can really help when it comes to figuring out how to communicate with other players online:
  1. Acronyms: The most common type of lingo is an acronym. In these terms, each letter represents the first letter of the word it symbolizes. For example, LTNS = long time no see.
  2. Action words: If you wish to describe an action, use the acronym system combined with asterisks. For example, *H* = hug and *S* = smile.
  3. Phonetic combinations: For a few lingo terms, you can use letters to create a phonetic representation of the word. For example, QT = cutie and L8R G8R = later gator .
  4. Association: Associating a type with each term (welcome, general, playing, leaving), like in the list above, makes memorization much easier.

Putting Your Bingo Lingo to Good Use

So how does it work when you're actually ready to play bingo online? It's fairly easy, so there's no need to be intimidated. Here's what you can expect:
  • You'll select the type of game you wish to play. Two of the most common types of online bingo games are 75-ball and 90-ball bingo. These numbers represent the total number of possible ball numbers that can be called during a game. Faster bingo games like 5-line bingo (also known as "Swedish bingo") or 30-ball bingo may also be available. 
  • Next, you'll select the number of cards you want. The grids will be shown on your screen. As numbers are called, be sure to mark them off on your cards.
  • When someone marks off their grid in a certain formation, they win a prize. The rules for each game vary slightly, so find out what constitutes a "win" in the type of game you select.
While you're playing, you'll notice that the bingo chat rooms are likely lighting up with lots of lively conversation among the other players. You may even start to recognize some of the user names in the chat room. While you don't have to chat as you play, it's a great way to make the game more enjoyable. Plus, you'll find that spending time chatting with other players will help you get the hang of the lingo mentioned above even faster.

If you're interested in playing bingo, start by checking out the options online. You'll have more choices than at a local pool hall, and you can be as social as you like thanks to the optional chat rooms.

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