Staying safe and having fun in bingo chatrooms

In the ever-evolving landscape of online bingo, chatrooms have become the beating heart of every game. It's the place where friendships are forged, lucky streaks celebrated, and laughter echoes through the virtual halls. But navigating this lively hub requires more than just typing away; it's an art that blends fun, courtesy, and a touch of bingo slang.

Bingo chatrooms

In the modern bingo landscape, most bingo websites feature a dedicated live chat stream within each bingo room. This inclusion serves as an excellent way to maintain the social aspect of traditional bingo, even when players are not physically present in a bingo hall. However, there's a challenge when players are engrossed in monitoring their tickets' performance, as it becomes cumbersome to actively engage in the chat room due to the time it takes to type messages.

Recognizing the significance of community participation, bingo providers have curated a comprehensive list of chat terms. These abbreviated expressions allow users to convey entire sentences with just a few seconds of typing. To make things even more enjoyable, some bingo providers have gone a step further by incorporating emotions and animations into these slang terms.

We've diligently scoured the chat rooms of various bingo sites across the web to ensure our bingo chat glossary leaves nothing out. You can find the complete list below. While some sites may have their own unique terms, the following chat expressions should be universally understood across the bingo community.

Bingo chatroom etiquette

Bingo chatroom etiquette refers to the set of unwritten rules and guidelines that players are expected to follow when participating in the chat feature of online bingo games. These rules are designed to ensure a friendly, respectful, and enjoyable environment for all players. Adhering to chatroom etiquette helps create a sense of community and enhances the overall bingo experience. Here are some essential aspects of bingo chatroom etiquette:

  • Be Friendly and Welcoming: Greet other players as they join the chatroom and make newcomers feel welcome. A warm and friendly atmosphere encourages camaraderie among players.
  • Use Appropriate Language: Avoid using offensive, rude, or inappropriate language. Remember that the chatroom is a public space, and there may be players of all ages and backgrounds participating.
  • Avoid Spamming: Refrain from excessive use of capital letters (which is considered shouting) and repeating the same messages too frequently. Spamming can disrupt the flow of conversation and annoy other players.
  • Stay on Topic: Keep the conversation relevant to the game and bingo-related topics. Avoid delving into controversial or sensitive subjects that could cause discomfort among players.
  • Respect the Chat Host: The Chat Host (CH) is responsible for moderating the chatroom and ensuring a positive experience for everyone. Follow their instructions and be respectful in your interactions with them.
  • Be Patient: Understand that not everyone may type quickly or be able to respond immediately. Patience is essential, especially during busy chat sessions.
  • Avoid Sharing Personal Information: For your safety and privacy, refrain from sharing personal information such as full names, addresses, or financial details in the chatroom.
  • Congratulate and Encourage: Celebrate the wins of other players and offer congratulations when they achieve a bingo. Positive and supportive comments help foster a friendly atmosphere.
  • Be a Good Sport: If you don't win, avoid expressing frustration or making negative comments. Remember that bingo is a game of chance, and luck can change for anyone.
  • Report Issues Respectfully: If you encounter any disruptive behavior or have concerns about another player, report it to the Chat Host or the website's customer support. Handle such matters with courtesy.

Bingo abbreviations

1TG/2TG‘TG’ stands for ‘to go’ – relating to how many numbers you have left to cross off before winning a prize. 1TG means you are only waiting for 1 number to be called and 2TG means that you have 2 left to cross off. In some games, you can still win a prize if you only have 1TG when full house has been called.
AFCAway from computer. Handy to use if you need to nip away for a few minutes.
AFKAway from keyboard. Another way to say that you’ll be back.
AFAIKAs far as I know. Used after a statement to express belief or an understanding.
ASAPAs soon as possible. A common term used across everyday life.
B4Before. The 4 is used to represent the ‘fore’ sound of before.
BBLBe back later. Use this acronym to let your roomies know that you have to go away but will be back for more fun!
BBL8RBe back later. Similar to the above but using the full acronym for ‘later’ – L8R.
BBSBe back soon. (We hope so!)
BFBoyfriend. A shorthand way to refer to the man in your life.
BFFBest Friend Forever. Who’s your bingo BFF?
BIAMBack in a minute. Use when the kettle has just boiled!
BLNTBetter luck next time. A great way to offer commiserations to your fellow players. A new game is seconds away – fingers crossed for a win!
BRBBe right back. Another shorthand way to let your roomies know that you can’t reply to the conversation for a few moments.
BTWBy the way. There are lots more acronyms to read if you keep scrolling BTW.
COICome on in. sometimes used by Chat Hosts and other players to welcome new players to the chat room.
CHChat Host. You will often see this abbreviation in front of the Chat Host’s name so you know who is looking after the roomies.
CUSee you. Not if I see you first!
CYASee ya. A cute way to say goodbye.
CYAL8RSee ya later. (Alligator!)
DMA direct message. This is a private message between you and the Chat Host or you and another roomie. PM for Private message could also be used.
FAQFrequently asked question.
FBFacebook. Have you liked us on Facebook?
FFHFor full house.
FHFull house. This is when all the numbers on your bingo card are crossed off.
FYIFor your information. Just so you know!
GFGirlfriend. A shorthand way to refer to the lady in your life.
GGGood going or good game. Often used to congratulate winners or said in general appreciation.
GGAGood game all. Used at the end of a game to address all the other players.
GLGood luck. One of our faves! It’s nice to wish everyone in the room good luck before the game starts. The CH might even send a magical sprinkling of good luck fairy dust through the keyboard!
GLAGood luck all. Another great acronym that will help you to make friends. It’s nice to be nice!
GLACGood luck all close. If a few roomies have 1TG or 2TG, it’s nice to wish them luck. Even if you’re not winning, the next few calls could change everything. Our community is one of the friendliest in bingo land and we love to support each other.
GLEGood luck everyone. Another way to lift spirits and show other roomies that you are sending them good vibes.
GMGood morning. Best used before midday!
GMTAGreat minds think alike. Use this when you and another roomie say the same thing.
GNGood night. If you’re leaving to go to bed, you can use GN to sign off for the evening.
GTSYGood to see you. OK, we know you can’t ‘see’ people strictly speaking, but this is a nice greeting to use when a roomie you know enters the room.
HAGDHave a good day. A short form way to send someone good wishes.
HAGEHave a good evening.
HBHurry back. You’ll be missed!
HHISHanging head in shame. Have you done something silly? Did you make a blunder? Use this acronym to show other roomies how you feel about the situation!
ICI see.
ICYMIIn case you missed it. This chat acronym often follows important information or announcements.
IDKI don’t know.
IMHOIn my honest opinion. Use this when you want to express something you feel strongly about. Be respectful of your fellow roomies though, we all come from different places and have different experiences.
IMOIn my opinion. It’s fine to have opinions but be respectful of your fellow roomies who might have different thoughts to you.
IRLIn real life.
IYKWIMIf you know what I mean. Well, now you know what this bingo acronym means, IYKWIM?
JKJust kidding. Everyone loves a good laugh!
JMOJust my opinion.
JTLYKJust to let you know. “I’ve got to nip out for some milk but I’ll BRB, JTLYK”
JPJackpot. The JP acronym is often used when talking about jackpot prizes that can be won in addition to standard bingo wins. There are many jackpot games on offer at Mecca, the most common bingo jackpots are Maxi Ball Booster and Mega Ball Booster. We have a huge variety of jackpot slot games too.
KKOk, cool. The two Ks come from shortening OK, OK.
L8RLater. The number 8 in the middle substitutes for the ‘ate’ sound in L-ate-r.
LMAOLaughing my ass off. Something really tickled you? Use this acronym to explain how hard you are giggling!
LOLLaughing out loud. Haha!
LTNSLong time no see. You might see CHs using this when a roomie that has been away for a while comes back.
LYLove you. Aww we LY2!
NPNo problem. We’re always happy to help!
NSFWNot safe for work.
NTNearly there. This bingo chat acronym might be used when almost all the balls have been called and there still isn’t a winner. This lets the roomies know that someone is going to win very soon.
NWNo worries. Just like NP. An acronym to let the person you are speaking to know that there’s no need to stress.
NVMNevermind. You can use this term when you’ve asked a question but no longer need the answer. “NVM, I’ve found the promo page!”
OAROn a roll. Experiencing a bit of a lucky streak? You could be said to be OAR!
OICOh, I see. Lightbulb moment! The mist has cleared, now I understand, your explanation makes perfect sense… all of these reactions can be surmised with these three letters.
OMGOh my goodness. Used to express shock, awe and wonder! E.g. “OMG I just won the Maxi cash climber JP!”
OOOOut of office. Not in work? You lucky thing! Enjoy your time off by having some fun playing bingo with us!
OTOHOn the other hand.
PLZ/PLSPlease. Short, but still polite! Manners maketh the man!
PMPrivate message. See DM above.
PMSLPeed myself laughing. We’ve all laughed that little bit too hard!
QDQuick draw.
ROFLRolling on the floor laughing. Another chat acronym that shows other roomies that you have found what they have said so hilarious, you are unable to control yourself and have therefore ended up on the floor, rolling about in a fit of hysteria.
SOSignificant other. That lucky someone who you share your life with.
SMHShaking my head.
SOHFSense of humour failure. Did you miss the joke? Let your roomies know there are no hard feelings by telling them you had a SOHF.
SRYSorry. Oopsie, my bad!
SWLScreaming with laughter.
SYSSee you soon. Could also be expressed as CU soon.
TCTake care. Show other roomies you care with this short and sweet chat term.
TIAThanks in advance. You might see this chat term if someone asks the chat host for help. They could say something like 'Can you tell me when the escalator jackpot games start? TIA.'
TMIToo much information. Somebody announcing a toilet break in the chat? “TMI @ Luv2Win!” – just say you’ll BRB next time, LOL!
TPTBThe powers that be. Whoever ‘they’ are, you can use this acronym to describe them.
TTFNTa ta for now.
TTYLTalk to you later. Speak to you soon.
TYThank you. Always remember your manners! As granny used to say, “It costs nothing to be polite!”
TYVMThank you very much. Show extra appreciation with this common online chat term.
U2You too. Not to be confused with the Irish rock band. Unless you are talking about the Irish rock band…!
ULUnlucky. You can’t win ‘em all!
WBWelcome back. Been away? You might see this acronym on your return to the chat room.
WDWell done. Used lots of times at the end of the game.
WDWWell done, winner. Used to congratulate the winner(s) of the game.
WTGWay to go. A slightly more excited way to express congratulations!
WTHWhat the heck?!
WYSIWYGWhat you see is what you get.
XOXOHugs and kisses. The Xs are the kisses, representing the shape your lips make when you pucker up and the Os are the hugs, representing your arms as they go all the way around the other person!
YAWYou’re a winner. Woohoo! Congratulations.
YSRYeah, sure… right! A chat acronym to express disbelief. Can be used in response to statements such as: 'I’ve only had one chocolate biscuit today.'
YWYou’re welcome. A friendly response to TY!

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