Tic-Tac Guide - Bookmaker's Slang

Tic-Tac is the slang and sign language used by bookies to let each other know the current odds at racecourses. If you've ever wondered why John McCririck is flapping his arms like a chicken on Channel 4 Racing, he's actually trying to communicate. Many years ago, bookies at racecourses found they could see each other, but not hear each other across the crowds, so they invented tic-tac sign language.

These days, even on-site bookies are hooked up to Betfair and there isn't really any need for Tic-Tac. However, people like to keep old traditions going and the slang is still widely used - especially by John McCririck!

 

UK Odds
Decimal
Tic-Tac Slang
UK Odds
Decimal
Tic-Tac Slang
1/1
2.00
Levels, you devils!
9/2
5.50
Shoulders
11/10
2.10
Tips
5/1
6.00
Handful or Ching
6/5
2.20
Sais a Wang
6/1
7.00
Xis
5/4
2.25
Wrist
7/1
8.00
Neves
11/8
2.38
Up the Arm
8/1
9.00
TH
6/4
2.50
Ear'ole
9/1
10.00
Enin
7/4
2.74
Shoulder
10/1
11.00
Cockle or Net
15/8
2.88
Double Tops
11/1
12.00
Elef
2/1
3.00
Bottle
12/1
13.00
Net and Bice
9/4
3.25
Top of the Head
14/1
15.00
Net and Roof
5/2
3.50
Face
16/1
17.00
Net and Xis
11/4
3.75
Elef a Vier
20/1
21.00
Double Net
3/1
4.00
Carpet
25/1
26.00
Pony or Macaroni
100/30
4.33
Burlington Bertie
33/1
34.00
Double Carpet
4/0
5.00
Roof
100/1
101.00
Century

 

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