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    Can you please tell me when the word; "BINGO", as an exclamation came into the English language. Phil Murray
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil m
    Can you please tell me when the word; "BINGO", as an exclamation came into the English language. Phil Murray EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead
    To my surprise I haven't found as much about the exclamatory origin of the word "bingo" as I was hoping. However, I found out that it was in the 1920's that the word bingo was already used to imply a moment's surprise and excitement.
    The word bingo, as I am sure you know, was used in English much earlier than that but it had different connotations altogether.


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    The Online Etymology Dictionary agrees with you:
    bingo Look up bingo at Dictionary.com
    1936, as a lotto-like game of chance; many theories about its origin, none satisfying; the most likely is bingo! as an exclamation of sudden realization or surprise (attested from 1927). Uncertain connection to the slang word for "brandy" (1699); attested as "liquor" in Amer.Eng., 1861.
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