What is ‘Two Little Ducks’?
In bingo ‘two little ducks’ is the call which represents the number 22 – usually heard as ‘two little ducks, 22’. All of the numbers called at the bingo hall have separate nicknames, traditionally used to clarify which number has been called in the case of two numbers sounding alike. This is done to prevent confusion. The common response to ‘two little ducks’ is ‘quack, quack’ from the players.
‘Two Little Ducks’ Explained
In British bingo games, a series of widely accepted slang terms have developed, used to describe each of the 90 numbers in the game. These calls are often a form of rhyming slang, though others relate to the number itself in some way. Many popular bingo halls and online bingo sites still use these bingo lingo calls today. Some have been updated for the modern age, while others have remained in use for many decades. The calls are aimed at making it easier to differentiate between numbers, so that players can be sure they have marked off the right number on their ticket. Many of the calls have responses which are called out by the players.
‘Two little ducks’ is the bingo call for the number 22. The name comes from the two resembling a duck – ‘one little duck’ is the call for the number 2. When the caller declares ‘two little ducks’, players usually shout back ‘quack, quack’ or make a double quack sound. The same happens when two is called, except that the quack is singular. This is probably one of the most well known of the bingo calls, along with the ‘legs, eleven’ call which elicits a wolf whistle response from the players. Bingo halls are typically silent during the numbers being called, but they tend to become very animated during the responses!