Monday, 8 July 2013

Bingo

Image by Carol Browne

BINGO

Interjection. Early 20th century.
[Imitative: compare with BING.]

Indicating a sudden action or event, especially the winning of a game of bingo.

For anyone that isn't familiar with it, bingo is a game in which players are given tickets with numbers printed on them. An announcer draws and calls random numbers which the player marks off his card, and the first player to mark off all numbers wins by shouting "Bingo!"

Popularly, bingo is associated with old people and so-called bingo-lingo. This is where the caller uses small rhymes or nicknames for the numbers he's calling. The most famous is probably "Two fat ladies! Eighty-eight!". Other clever(ish) ones include "Ghandi's breakfast! 80!" and "David's Den! Number 10!" A modern addition is "J-Lo's bum! 71" and, as suggested once on Have I Got News For You, "Posh's IQ! 32!" (which is really not very nice at all).

Anyway, let's try and pull this back to bingo's application in English. As the definition states, it's often used to indicate a sudden realisation, moment or insight. However, it's also commonly used in a slightly more sinister way, such as when a trap has been set and someone has fallen into it, or when someone has been caught out in what they're saying (imagine a hunter, watching his snare, observing a rabbit getting closer ... and closer ... just a little more ... and ... BINGO!).

This video from Inglourious Basterds provides both an example of bingo being used in this way and a lesson in its correct use as an interjection. The grotesquely charismatic SS Colonel Hans Landa has just correctly deduced that Lt. Aldo Raine's unit is overseen by the OSS, which for him is a 'Bingo!' moment, but he requires some adjustment in dropping the article and using it as a standalone interjection. 



Is the interjection bingo used differently around your parts? Do you play bingo? Do please comment below.

39 comments:

  1. Do you ever get Bingo mixed up with Dingo? Once in the outback in the northern territories, I thought I'd won €20 with a full house, but instead I was mauled by a pack of bored, elderly......

    It's too hot to even attempt to justify this comment with an ending so I'll just bid you a good day ed. Ta for the post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It could be a hilarious slap-stick moment, C: a confused bingo virgin on his first trip to Australia, getting a little confused and shouting 'DINGO!' at the top of his voice in the crowded bingo hall. Just imagine the glacial stampede of zimmer frames. Oh the hilarity.

      It is rather hot today, isn't it? I think I'm going to go to the beach.

      Delete
  2. I don't think I've ever won at Bingo, but if I did I'd shout HOUSE!

    This is possibly where I've been going wrong.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're too cool to play bingo, Sally. I don't believe; I refuse to believe it.

      Delete
  3. My students always loved it when we played bingo. The most difficult version was "telling the time".

    Ed, can you embed the videos in the html format so that they're visible on the iPad?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! Thanks for telling me that - I'll always do any vids like that in the future.

      Delete
  4. My mum was a huge fan of housie - as it was called in NZ when I was growing up.
    I've never dabbled myself!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great piece of writing about the bingo game, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points.

    No deposit bingo

    ReplyDelete
  6. خصومات مميزة من خلال شركات تنظيف بالبخار في مكة التي تعتبر افضل شركة علي مستوي المملكة و هي العنود حيث انها اكبر شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة تتبع طرق تنظيف حديثة و تحرص شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة القضاء السريع علي جميع انواع الحشرات .

    ReplyDelete
  7. تواصل الان مع كبري شركات حراسات امنية و هي شكرة الحارس الخاص حيث تتميز بأنها ذو خبرات واسعة و كفاءة عالية تواصل الان مع افضل الفرق المتخصصة التي تعمل لدي شركة امن وحراسة حيث تقدم لكم مستوي عالي في العروض و الخصومات .

    ReplyDelete
  8. I like this post so much and I will share this post with my all friends because all the details are in this post is brilliant.
    Escorts in Noida
    Noida Escorts Service
    Escorts Service in Noida
    Escorts in Noida

    ReplyDelete
  9. منصات الأثاث المصنوعة من القماش (والمعروفة أيضًا باسم "البطانيات المتحركة") هي الأشياء التي يستخدمها المحركون ، ونحن نوصي بها بشدة. يمكن أن يساعد لف أثاثك قبل حمله في منزلك وخارجه على حمايته من الضربات العرضية في المدخل ، وربما الثقوب الموجودة في جدرانك.
    شركة نقل عفش
    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى الاردن
    شركة نقل اثاث من الرياض الى الاردن
    شركة نقل عفش بخميس مشيط

    ReplyDelete
  10. As opposed to jamming her head right down to suck you off, go down on her. Ooh, newborn! She enjoys the time and ready to expertise the A-match having her to the yummy-land in few minutes. She understands to style your cock as she's a form of porn get started Escort Service in Delhi and always provides the most effective for everybody.

    ReplyDelete



  11. With our Escorts in Aerocity and escorts services, you may really improve stage of fun by its quality services different. Sure! This assists its people to victory over all the gloom and depressive disorders from your lifestyle and appeases your delicate wishes specifically.So, you may do a trip at web page and can get your wish suggested with an outstanding woman escort. Check our other services also...
    Escorts Service in Delhi
    Escorts in Aerocity
    Call Girls in Delhi
    Escorts Service in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hot bhabhi movies are effortlessly accessible here for romance with Desi Bhabhi Grownup movie chat. Desi Bhabi range is well obtainable for Desi Bhabhi romance enjoyment videos. Indian Bhabhi viral online video is soothing videos for making clients feel cozy. People who are previously into the globe of very hot pretty bhabhi viral video clips fully grasp lifetime improved at scorching sexy video clips of nude Bhabhi romance.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Captivating bhabhi Videos are conveniently obtainable in this article for romance with Indian Bhabhi adult online video chat. Desi Bhabhi number is obtainable for Indian sexy bhabhi romance entertaining videos. Desi Bhabhi Haridwar Escorts viral online video is soothing video clips for building prospects feel cozy. People who more info find themselves now into the planet of incredibly hot pretty bhabhi viral video clips comprehend everyday living greater at hot sexy films of nude Bhabhi romance.

    ReplyDelete
  14. The private gorgeous Bhabhi dealing with Desi Bhabhi are of the substantial bore and therefore are One of the ideal elite designs available in the whole city. We have now an honest assortment of young women included in our Indian Bhabhi Picture gallery for our prospects to look over, you are going to explore young Bhabhi from various backgrounds that have stable Power for presenting the customer using an affair that could Are live in their memory for quite a long time to come.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Cheap Rates call Girl In Gurgaon, we offer the best escorts service in low rate with safety, we provide Female Call Girls with complete satisfaction. Girls Mobile Number In Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete
  16. You'll marvel at how wonderful girls you will see to manage. Now we have specially built this website for people who would like to employ ladies to finish their fantasy. We warranty which you could appreciate among the most stunning natural beauty queen In line with our client's overview. Goa Escorts Elegance with Killing Appears to be like and Physique. You might be assured of an unforgettable encounter and we stay up to make an ongoing romance with quite a few purchasers. Check out our Photographs gallery and get in touch with us to arrange a date together with your dream hot feminine Goa Escorts. You've just hung limited for a considerable period for acquiring the correct moment for pretty a while. Our incredibly hot Goa Escorts young women can realize each one of several things that you'd like in goals.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Welcome to Goa. In this Escort Listing segment, you discover Escort Service in Goa. Euro Women Goa Escorts is easily the most trusted escort directory and considered one of the biggest European Escort Service in Goa directories. All articles and shots are frequently checked and up-to-date with serious pictures. 100% Escort companies obtainable in Goa and possess an effect on you will be in Goa and seeking a few Women for pleasure Call Girls in Goa also our Scorching Escort Service in Goa and Call Girls are exceptional partners in your case. Just in the scenario, you have to check in the works for your organization receive-together or meals subsequently you may put taking place as soon as your complete Sizzling Escort Service in Goa out for the public interest or foods where ever.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Looking for elite Malviya Nagar Escorts Call Girls Service? Hire only genuine Malviya Nagar escorts girls through escorts Services available Incall & Outcalls 24/7.

    Call girl in Ambala | Escort Service in Ambala | Escorts in Ambala |

    ReplyDelete
  19. Dharuhera call girls move freely in Dharuhera. You can avail this opportunity anytime and anywhere.Escort In Dharuhera

    ReplyDelete
  20. If you are looking for VIP escorts in Alwar, you can get your partner escort as female call girls only here.female escort in alwar

    ReplyDelete
  21. Are you looking for call girls, then we have a stock of escort agency, we have one to one female hot girls to provide 24/7 service to you and can be enjoyed by contacting our website.
    http://www.myescortservice.com/call-girls-in-neemrana/

    ReplyDelete
  22. Welcome to the Rewari escort agency. Are you in search of call girls and you are in Rewari, then we provide hot call girls to you at a reasonable price. Escort Service In Rewari With Whatsaap Number

    ReplyDelete