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Last Updated: Monday, 5 May, 2003, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
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Pop icons such as Jennifer Lopez and Gareth Gates could soon prove popular among bingo hall regulars.

For a new system of rhyming slang is being introduced at bingo halls in an attempt to bring the game up-to-date.

While some old favourites such as "legs eleven" (11) and "two fat ladies" (88) will stay, there will be new catchphrases including "Gareth Gates" (8) and J-Lo's bum (71).

The new terms are being introduced by holiday camp operator Butlins at its resorts in Skegness, Lincolnshire, Bognor Regis in West Sussex and Minehead in Somerset.

Butlins said it wanted to respond to fresh interest in bingo by replacing some of the terms first used more than 50 years ago.

Many of the terms were devised in the 1950s and give an insight into popular language at the time.

BINGO CATCHPHRASES
In
Ali G - 30
Chicken vindaloo - 52
Jimmy Choo - 32
Out
Dirty Gertie - 30
Danny La Rue - 52
Buckle my shoe 32

Charlie Blake, a professor of popular culture at University College, Northampton, was asked to devise the new list.

He said: "Traditional bingo calls are a barometer of 1950s Britain.

"My task was to find reference points from 2003 society and culture which would have a much greater meaning to the British public today."

He used popular figures as well as food, and common phrases.

"Buckle my shoe" (32) will be replaced by "Jimmy Choo" - in honour of the famous shoe designer - while the reign of "Queen B" has ended in favour of "camomile tea" for the number 73.

"Dirty Gertie" (30) will become "Ali G" after the comic character, "strive and strive" (75) becomes "on the skive", and "Danny La Rue" (52) becomes "chicken vindaloo".

Other additions include "stroppy teen" (15) and "feng shui" (53).

The bingo hall patter is thought to have been first used because machines which selected the numbers were slow and noisy.

Many of the terms were no longer used past the 1970s after the balls were replaced by faster computer draws.




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