Lite of the mind (a light-hearted look at all things Chicago)

Win the war of words

By Mary Ruth Yoe

Illustration by Allen Carroll

  • At holiday gatherings, alumni events, or wherever two or more UChicagoans find themselves in the same room, certain words and phrases always arise—phoenix-like—from the clashes.
  • Who wins the argument may be subjective, but who wins Chicago-style bingo goes strictly by the rules.
  • Each player gets a card. If a phrase in one of the boxes gets uttered, check it off.
  • If you check five boxes in a straight or diagonal line, you win. The C in the middle is free.
  • And when you win, shout, “Cingo!”

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