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CB slang is the distinctive anti-language, argot or cant which developed amongst users of citizens' band radio (CB), especially truck drivers in the USA during the 1980s.[1] It is predominantly masculine and outlaw in nature but its frequent reference to bears gives it a fairytale quality.[2]

CB and its distinctive language started in the USA but was then exported to other countries including Mexico, Germany and Canada. In the French-speaking region of Canada, the cultural defensiveness associated with the French language generated conflict and adaptation of the new loan words.[3]

Popular terms[edit]

Law enforcement officers and their equipment[edit]

  • "Astronaut" – police plane or helicopter
  • "Bear" – a police officer. The terms "Smokey" & "Bear" are both direct references to Smokey Bear, a character image commonly seen along U.S. highways, as part of warnings not to cause wildfires. He wears a flat-brimmed forest ranger's hat very similar to the hat included in many highway patrol uniforms in the U.S. It also refers to their attitude toward most truckers in general.
  • "Bear Cave" / "Bear's Den" / "Bear's Lair" – a police station.
  • "Bear / Smokey in a plain brown wrapper" – a law officer in an unmarked police car. The term "plain white wrapper" is sometimes used, depending on the color of the vehicle.
  • "Jet Pilot" / "Jet Pilot" – vehicle speeding without CB.
  • "Bear In the Air" / "Fly in the sky" / "Spy in the sky" – a police aircraft. While state police often use fixed-wing airplanes to monitor highway traffic, "fly" refers specifically to a helicopter.
  • "Bear In the Grass" / "Smokey in the bush" – a speed trap.
  • "Bear Taking Pictures" – police with radar.
  • "Bear With Ears" – a police officer listening to others on the CB
  • "Blue Bear" a Michigan State Police Trooper
  • "Black and White" – Highway Patrol.
  • "Blue Light" / "Blue Light Special" – a law enforcement vehicle, especially with a stopped motorist.
  • "Boy Scouts" – State Police.
  • "Camera" – police radar unit.
  • "Catch Car" – police car past radar set-up.
  • "Checkpoint Charlie" – Old CB slang for a police checkpoint placed to look for drunk drivers, etc. This looks like a roadblock.
  • "City Kitty" / "City Bear" – Refers to local law enforcement monitoring a particular stretch of interstate which runs through their jurisdiction.
  • "County Mountie" – a Sheriff's deputy car.
  • "Cub Scouts" – Sheriffs' Deputies.
  • "Diesel Cop" / "D.O.T. Bear" – State department of transportation personnel, usually enforcing weight limits and safety rules (brakes & tires).
  • "Disco Lights" – the flashing emergency lights of a law enforcement vehicle.
  • "Evel Knievel" – cop on a motorcycle.
  • "Full-Grown" / "Full Grown Bear" – a state policeman/trooper.
  • "Got Bit By A Bear" – Received A Ticket.
  • "Kojak with a Kodak" - a police officer with a radar gun.
  • "Gum ball machine" / "bubble gum machine" – refers to a popular style of rotating mirror light used by many state police and some other law enforcement agencies at the time, however the term can refer to any law enforcement vehicle. It looked somewhat like the round style of 'penny' gumball machines. It was basically a clear cylinder, like an upside down jar, with lights and a spinning mirror system inside. It was usually mounted on the center of the roof.
  • "Leo" – short for Law Enforcement Officer
  • "Local Yokel" / "City Kitty" / "Town Clown" – a law officer with a city or township police force, seldom encountered on interstate highways.
  • "Mama Bear" / "Honey bear" – a female law enforcement officer.
  • "Miss Piggy" – a pejorative term for a female law enforcement officer.
  • "Paper Hanger" – police giving speeding ticket.
  • "Picture-taker" / "Smokey taking pictures" / "Smokey bear is taking a picture" / "Kojak with a Kodak" – a law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera.
  • "Polar Bear" – an all-white highway patrol car
  • "Plain Brown Wrapper" – Unmarked police car (Often referred to by the car's actual color)
  • "Radio Car" / "Super Trooper" - Either a marked or unmarked state trooper vehicle sporting additional antenna on the trunk or sides of the vehicle.
  • "Sex Lights" – Got pulled over
  • "Sky Bear" / "Spy in the sky" – police helicopter.
  • "Smokey" – a law officer. A "smokey report" is what CB users say when they have information on a law officer, such as location or current activities.
  • "Smokey on Four Legs" – Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • "Snake In the Grass" – police car radar usually hidden amongst tall cat tails
  • "Tijuana Taxi" – A marked police car.

Australia[edit]

  • "Candy Car" – Highway Patrol Police Car usually with high-visibility Police decals (Australia)
  • "Flash for Cash" – Speed Camera (Australia)
  • "Double Bubble"; marked Highway Patrol Police Car. Strobe bars are now used on highway patrol vehicles in all states and territories in Australia, but some regional/country police divisions still use twin blue rotating lights positioned directly above front seat positions, hence the CB slang "Double Bubble".
  • "Camera Car"; Highway Patrol Police Car in reference to the onboard video camera set up
  • "Dog Box"; General Duties caged truck/paddy wagon
  • "Hairdryer"; Stationary Highway Patrol LIDAR/Radar set up

Trucks and other non-police vehicles[edit]

  • "Aircraft Carrier" – Truck carrying a disassembled aircraft, helicopter or a small plane.
  • "Anchor Clanker" – Boat trailer.
  • "Anteater" – a Kenworth T600/T660 tractor, because of the long sloping tilt up hood.
  • "Baboon Butt" – a Kenworth T2000 tractor, because of the grille styling.
  • "Band-aid Buggy" / "Body Box" / "Blood Box" / "Bone Box" / "Meat Wagon" – Ambulance.
  • "Bean" – a Ford Pinto
  • "Big Orange" – Schneider truck.
  • "Blinkin Winkin" – School bus.
  • "Blue Bird" – a Marten Transport truck
  • "Bob-tail" – a semi-tractor operating without a trailer.
  • "Bulldog" – a Mack Tractor, noted for the bulldog hood ornament.
  • "Bullfrog" – An ABF truck
  • "Bull Rack"/"Cattle Wagon" – Livestock truck.
  • "Buster Brown" – a United Parcel Service truck.
  • "Buzzard Truck" – a Stevens Transport truck, because the birds on the truck all face the same direction as if flying in a circle.
  • "Carlsson Cadillac" – Volvo sedan (reference to Ingvar Carlsson; prime minister of Sweden from 1986 to 1991).
  • "Cab-over" – term for tractors designed with the cab directly over the engine
  • "Camper" – a RV, such as a Motorhome. AKA a "Portable House"
  • "Cheese Wagon" – A school bus. See also "Swiss Cheese Wagon", "Half Cheese, "Little Cheese".
  • "Chicken Choker" – Poultry truck.
  • "Church on Wheels" – a bus belonging to a church
  • "Circus Wagon" – Monfort truck.
  • "Combat Cadillac" – Flat-fender Jeep.
  • "Covered Wagon" – a trailer that resembles a Covered Wagon of the old west, normally used for carrying steel rolls.
  • "Convict Wagon" – Prison Transport used by the Department Of Corrections, terminology is named for the caged wagons used to haul convicts to prison and/or to executions in the US in the 19th century. Usually it is a large bus that is the size of a standard city bus, painted white, has the D.O.C. markings on it, state or Federal markings on it as well.
  • "Cornbinder"/"Barnyard Buick" – a Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester).
  • "Corn Flaker" – (CFI) Consolidated Freight Lines truck.
  • "Cornfield Cadillac" – a John Deere tractor.
  • "Cowboy Cadillac" – Coupé utility vehicle.
  • "Draggin Wagon" – Wrecker.
  • "Detroit Vibrator" – a Chevrolet tractor
  • "Firechicken" – Pontiac Firebird
  • "Fixed Overhauled Reconditioned Dodge" – Ford cars and trucks
  • "Flag Waver Taxi" – Highway construction truck.
  • "Flat rack" – flatbed trailer
  • "Four-wheeler" – While this is commonly used to refer to a four-wheel-drive vehicle (such as a jeep or pickup), among truck drivers it refers to any vehicle with only 2 axles, as distinguished from an "eighteen-wheeler" (a semi truck).
  • "Freightshaker" – another term for a Freightliner Trucks tractor
  • "Half Cheese" – A short school bus, usually for handicapped children.
  • "Jimmy" – a GMC tractor
  • "K-Whopper" / "K-Wobbler" / "KW" – a Kenworth Tractor
  • "Kiddy Car" – Refers to a school bus. Some bus drivers have a CB and will say " Kiddy Car stopping ahead"
  • "Little Cheese" – A small school bus, usually built on a 1-ton van chassis (aka cutaway).
  • "Military Carrier"/ "Soldier Man" /"GI-Joe" - Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, even Tanks, other military equipment.
  • "Oldsmoslider" – Oldsmobile car or station wagon
  • "Parking Lot" – A large car hauler (18 wheeler).
  • "Pay Wagon"/"Piggy Bank" – a armored car, usually full of money as it goes from place to place, then to a bank.
  • "Pete" / "Petercar" / "Poor Boy" – a Peterbilt Tractor
  • "Poncho" – Pontiac automobile
  • "Pie Truck"/"Pollock Express" – (PIE) Pacific Intermountain Express truck.
  • "Pony Express" – Mail hauler.
  • "Portable Barn Yard" – Cattle truck.
  • "Portable Parking Lot" / "Mobile Parking Lot" – a car hauler
  • "Pregnant Rollerskate" – a Volkswagen Beetle.
  • "Pumpkin" – a Schneider National, Inc. truck.
  • "Reefer" – a refrigerated trailer, used for transporting foodstuffs and other perishable cargo.
  • "Roach Coach" – Lunch wagon
  • "Rollerskate" – Family Car/Truck/SUV
  • "Rolling refinery"/"Portable Gas Station" – a tank truck carrying fuel.
  • "Sail Boat" – Viking Freight
  • "Salt Shaker" – a snowplow
  • "ShakeyLiner" / "Freightshaker" – a Freightliner Trucks tractor.
  • "Shaggin' Wagon" – Conversion van.
  • "Shanty Shaker" – Mobile home hauler.
  • "Skateboard" – a flatbed truck or trailer.
  • "Suicide jockey" – a truck carrying explosives.
  • "Super Chickens" – Yellow Freight System trucks.
  • "Swiss Cheese Wagon" – A school activity bus. So called because they are usually painted white.
  • "T2 Me Too" – A Peterbilt 387 tractor. Noted for its near clonelike resemblance to the Kenworth T-2000
  • "Thirteen letter shit spreader" – An International.
  • "Thermos Bottle" – Driver pulling a chemical trailer
  • Toy Box Toyota vehicle.
  • "Trash Can" – Transcontinental truck.
  • "Weiner Wagon" – a Werner Transport tractor
  • "Wiggle Wagon/Widowmaker/Set of Joints" – A semi truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem.
  • "Yard Goat/Yard Mule" – Short truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards

Destinations[edit]

  • "Art Bell Town" – Pahrump, Nevada, Art Bell's hometown
  • "Assville"; Referring to the city of Asheville NC
  • "Badger Bound" – Wisconsin bound
  • "Beertown" – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • "Big A" – Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Big Arch" – St. Louis, Missouri (After the Gateway Arch)
  • "The Big Easy" – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • "Bikini State" – Florida
  • "Bubble City" – Champaign, IL
  • "Buick Town" – Flint, Michigan
  • "Bullshit City" – Washington DC
  • "Camel City" – Winston-Salem, NC (the home of Reynolds Tobacco)
  • "Chi Town" – Chicago, Illinois
  • "Chocolate Town" – Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • "Choo Choo Town" – Chattanooga, Tennessee (After the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo").
  • "Cigar City" – Tampa, FL
  • "Cowtown" – Fort Worth, Texas or Columbus, Ohio
  • "The Dime" – Interstate Highway 10
  • "Dirty Side" – New York and New Jersey.
  • "Disney Town"; Anaheim, California and the surrounding areas (After the Disneyland Resort)
  • "Double Deuce" – U.S. Route 22
  • "Esky" – Escanaba, Michigan
  • "The Flag" – Flagstaff, Arizona
  • "Gay Bay" – San Francisco Bay area
  • "Ghost Town" – Casper, Wyoming (After the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost)
  • "Hooker City" – Fresno, California
  • "Hot Lanta" – Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Mad-Rock" Madison, WI, Rockford, IL Metro areas including Janesville, WI and Beloit, WI. This area is shared by I-90/I-39
  • "Mass-a-Two-Shits" – Massachusetts
  • "Mickey Mouse Towns" – location of the Walt Disney theme parks
  • "Mistake On The Lake" – Chicago, Illinois—also Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Montgomery Burns" – Montgomery, Alabama
  • "Motor City" – Detroit, Michigan
  • "Music Town" – Nashville
  • "New Jersey Termite" – New Jersey Turnpike
  • "Glass City" – Toledo, Ohio
  • "Sewer City" – Sioux City, Iowa, so nicknamed because I-29 ran near infamous Sioux City Stockyards
  • "Shakeytown" – Los Angeles, so nicknamed because of the earthquakes that occur there
  • "Sin City" – Las Vegas, Nevada (Also called "Dice City", "Gambling Town", "Lost Wages")
  • "UFO Central" – Area 51, other areas known for UFO activity. (Truckers call the area near Rachel, Nevada this, other areas known for UFO activity, such as Phoenix, Arizona)
  • "The Bluff" – Poplar Bluff, Missouri
  • "Titletown" – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Other popular terms[edit]

  • "Affirmative" – yes.[4]
  • "A&A" (-politely- Aggravating Agitator) – This term refers to a CB user whose main purpose in life is to stir trouble and cause problems, usually under the influence of alcohol, and/or drugs.
  • "Alice in Wonderland" – Someone who is lost or seeking directions
  • "Anchored Modulator" – Base Station
  • "Anklebiters" – children.[4]
  • "Buffalo" – a male prostitute, who may be homosexual
  • "Back Door" – the area behind a vehicle. To say "I got your back door" means that someone is watching another's back. "Knocking at your back door" means approaching from behind.
  • "Bear Bait" – An erratic or speeding driver.[5]
  • "Bear Bite" – A speeding ticket.
  • "Bear with a Customer" – a patrol officer who has pulled someone over
  • "Big Road" – interstate highway, as opposed to smaller highways and city streets.
  • "Binders" – air brakes
  • "Brake check" – a brief traffic slowdown, where traffic flow improves after about a minute or two
  • "Breaker 1-9" – telling other CB users that you'd like to start a transmission on a channel. May be succeeded by either the channel number, indicating that anyone may acknowledge ("One-nine" refers to channel 19, the most widely used among truck drivers), or by a specific "handle", which is requesting a particular individual to respond.[4]
  • "Bumper Sticker" – A tailgating vehicle.
  • "BUSTED!" – You see two or more patrol cars, one other car pulled over, people in cuffs on the ground and/or in the cruiser, which may have a cage in it, the car's contents all over the place, officers searching it (most likely for drugs, weapons). Sometimes the vehicle's tires are flat, after it hit one or more spike strips.
  • "Cash Box" – refers to a toll booth or toll plaza
  • "Channel 4 Drunk" – This refers to a chronic alcoholic who spends an extreme amount of time on the CB radio. Interchangeable with the terms Silverfish, Buck, Kool-Aid Man, or Leadfoot. Derived from the Channel Four CB club in Concord, North Carolina.
  • "Checking My Eyelids for Pinholes" – I'm tired.
  • "Chicken coop" – a weigh station. "Locked up" / "clean" (ex: "the chicken coop is clean.") means the station is closed.
  • "Choke and Puke" – Roadside diner (After the poor quality of food at some establishments)
  • "Coloring Book" or "Comic Book" - A truckers log book.[5]
  • "Convoy" – a group of 3 or more truckers in a line, usually exceeding the speed limit.
  • "Come Back" – a request for someone to acknowledge a transmitted message or reply to a question.
  • "Comedian" – refers to the median between a divided highway.
  • "Crotch-Rocket Cowboy" – refers to an individual on a sport bike (motorcycle) riding recklessly. Usually used as a warning to other drivers to watch for erratic behaviour.
  • "Dead-heading" – a truck operating with an empty trailer (see "Hauling fence post holes").
  • "Dog The Bounty Hunter" or "Dog" - slang for a bounty hunter
  • "Dirty Dan" - a disgustingly nasty, smelly, unclean, unbathed, and generally unhealthy long haul truck driver who goes weeks or even months without showering.
  • "Double Nickel" – the 55 mph speed limit for trucks.
  • "Doughnuts" – tyres.[4]
  • "Driver" – a polite form of address used when you don't know someone's on-the-air nickname. (see "handle")
  • "Drop the hammer down; Pressing the accelerator to full speed
  • "Ears" – CB radio (ex: "How bout ya JB, got ya ears on?")
  • "Eaten By a Bear" – Someone who is arrested by police, you can see the arrested person in the patrol car, especially if said patrol car has a "cage" in it.
  • "Eyeballs" – headlights.[4]
  • "Fat Cat" – An overweight truck driver or other burden on society.
  • "Fender Bender" – a road traffic accident/crash
  • "Filthy Freddy" or "double F" – an overweight longhaul truck driver or other miscreant of society that goes weeks or even months without bathing. This is the male counterpart of the "hungry heffer".
  • "Flash For Cash" speed camera
  • "Flatlander" - Refers to someone from the city, usually a derogatory term used by mountain folk or a mountain resident such a "roncpp", etc.
  • "Flip-flop" / "Flip-side" – the return leg of a trip. (ex: "Catch you on the flip-flop" means "I'll contact you again on the way back.")
  • "Four" – short for the ten code 10-4, which means acknowledged, okay, etc.
  • "4-10" – A reversal of the ten code "10-4", when asking if someone agrees with something said, or to ask if one's transmission was received. ("That was a nasty wreck. Four-ten?")
  • "Four Wheel Phone Booth" – Someone using a cell phone while driving. Several states in the US and countries have outlawed this, but it still goes on.
  • "Front Door" – the leader of a convoy, or the area ahead of a vehicle.
  • "Gator" / "Alligator" – a large piece of a truck tire's tread in the roadway. The name comes from the tire tread's resemblance to the scaly ridges of an alligator's back, or the propensity for these pieces of tread to be drawn up between the cab and trailer by the air currents of a truck at highway speeds "like a snapping gator", and sever the air brake lines between the tractor and the trailer. Most newer trucks have shield plates designed to prevent this.
  • "Gator Guts" – Smaller pieces of shredded tire usually preceding a larger piece of "gator" or "gator back".
  • "Go-go juice" / "Motion Lotion" / "Pusholine" – fuel (usually diesel, since large trucks seldom run on gasoline.)
  • "Good Buddy" – In the 1970s, this was the stereotypical term for friend on CB radio a fellow buddy of yours.[1][2][4]
  • "Good Neighbor" – this has replaced "good buddy" as the acceptable term for friend.
  • "Got your ears on?" – asking the receiver if they are on the air and listening.
  • "Grocery Grabber" – a Minivan.
  • "Hacker" – person or individual operating a radio transmission without regard for standard rules or etiquette.
  • "Hamburger Helper" – Power amplifier / Linear, used to boost the transmission power.
  • "Hammer Lane" – the far left lane (fast lane).
  • "Handle" – the nickname a CB user uses in CB transmissions. Other CB users will refer to the user by this nickname. To say "What's your handle?" is to ask another user for their CB nickname.[4]
  • "Hang around Nellie" – A repulsively obese woman that hangs around truckstops looking for a man.
  • "Harvey Wallbanger" – a driver who appears to be drunk or is driving recklessly.
  • "Hauling fence post holes" / "Hauling sailboat fuel" / "Hauling dispatcher brains" / "Hauling Volkswagen radiators" – hooked to an empty trailer.
  • "Hitting the jackpot" – Getting stopped by a state trooper. Lights on trooper cars look like slot machine lights.
  • "How 'bout ya?" – a query used when seeking another, usually followed by their CB handle, or some other identifier if you don't know their handle.
  • "How many candles are you burning?" – Asking how old someone is.
  • "Hungry Heffer" – A grossly overweight female one meets over the CB. Usually lacks any type of personal hygiene.
  • "I'm / We gone" – indicates that one is finished transmitting and may not be listening to the conversation any longer, or may be traveling out of receiving range. Equivalent to "Signing off", "Out", or "Clear" in formalized radio voice procedure.
  • "Illini Bound" Illinois bound traffic also known as "Lincoln Bound"
  • "Jabber" "Jabber"/"Jabbering Idiot"/"Babble" "Babble"/Babbling Idiot" – Someone using foreign language on the CB. US law does not forbid other languages on the radio[6].
  • "Jake brake" – Jacobs engine retarder brake used to help slow rigs on down grades. Now used to mean any similar system uses engine compression to hold back a rig on a down grade (i.e. the pac brake = pacific engine brake). Both make a loud roaring sound. Some townships have bylaws in place that limit the use of such brakes in residential or other areas due to this noise.
  • "Jibber Jabber on Channel 9" – someone using foreign language on Channel 9, which is not illegal. Channel 9 on the CB is supposed to be used only to report emergencies, such as an overturned truck, fire, criminal matters, related matters.
  • "Joke book"\comic book\lie book – A trucker's log book
  • "Key Up" – To engage the microphone button. ex: "When did you key up your mike last?
  • "Kick a Tire" / "Watering the Tires" – to urinate using the quadruple tractor or trailer tires.
  • "Kick It In" – what the person who is being called will say on his radio as a response. (for example: "How 'bout 'cha Blue Beard. You got a copy on Shamrock?" "This is Blue Beard. Kick it in.")
  • "Kicker" / "Boots" / "Shoes" – a Linear Amplifier that is used to boost the transmitting power of a CB Radio above the legal four watts.
  • "Limo Liberal" / "Richie Roach" – Someone in a limousine. Taken from comments made by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity regarding liberals riding in limousines.
  • "Lincoln Bound" Illinois bound Traffic, not Chicago.
  • "Lot Lizard" – prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops.
  • "Negatory" – No[7]
  • "O.L." – Wife ("Old Lady")
  • "O.M." – Husband ("Old Man")
  • "OOOOOPS" – An obnoxious to get attention for purposes of being informative. Word said on CB referring to an accident or a police traffic stop, "Oooops at the 49."
  • "Office on Wheels" – Office workers using the car as an office while in traffic.
  • "Organ Donor" – a civilian motorcyclist, especially one without a helmet, usually driving erratically and/or under the influence.
  • "Outbander"/"Freebander" – One who operates an illegally modified CB radio, often broadcasting outside the regulated frequencies.
  • "Over and Out" – phrase meaning the CB'er is stopping talking and either turning the CB off or going to another channel.
  • "Pickle Park" – an interstate rest area frequented by prostitutes.
  • "Pill" – a power transistor in an illegal linear amplifier.
  • "Put the Hammer Down" / "Put the pedal to the metal" – Slang for flooring the accelerator.
  • "Raking the Leaves" – Refers to the last person in the convoy, who would watch out for troopers coming from behind
  • "Ratchetjaw" – An obnoxious person talking non-stop and saying nothing
  • "Re-Power" – Term referring to a truck taking a load from another truck that cannot make the destination. This is usually done if the original truck has broken down, the previous driver has run out of hours, or if the load has a long way to go and needs a team that can run with the load 24/7 and to get the load to the destination faster.
  • "Road Ho"/ "Road Juliet" – Refers to a female escort usually found at truck stops and rest areas.
  • "Road Pizza" – an animal that has been run over and flattened on the pavement.
  • "Rubber duck" – the first vehicle in a convoy.[4]
  • "Rubbernecker" – Vehicles that further slow down or impede already congested traffic by rotating their heads 180 degrees to view the accident or traffic incident and not paying attention to the road ahead.
  • "Sandbagging" – a term used to describe the activity of a person not participating in conversation but listening only, despite having the capability of speaking. This is not the same as listening in using a simple receiver, as the person doing this activity can transmit using the two-way radio, but chooses not to.[8][9] It is done to monitor people for entertainment or for gathering information about the actions of others. Often CBer’s will sandbag to listen to others' responses to their previous input to a conversation, sometimes referred to a "reading the mail."[10]
  • "Schneider Eggs" – Orange barrels filled with sand at construction sites to serve as a protective barrier for construction workers against moving traffic. The term is a reference to Schneider, a large trucking company known for its orange-painted trucks.
  • "Seat Cover" – an attractive female passenger in a vehicle.
  • "Shaking the Trees" – Refers to the person in the lead in a convoy, watching out for troopers up ahead.
  • "Sidebander" – A CB operator whose rig is designed to operate in upper and lower sideband frequencies of the CB channels
  • "Sleeper Leaper" – see Lot Lizard
  • "Steak on the Grill" / "Put a steak on the grill" – to hit a cow.
  • "Suds and Mud" – Beer and coffee (with cream/milk in it), served at some truck stops and restaurants.
  • "Suicide Jockey" – A trucker hauling explosives
  • "Super Bowl" – Channel 6 (27.025 MHz). A popular channel for skip shooters using high powered amplifiers.
  • "Super Slab" – a slang term for a multi-lane highway
  • "Swindle Sheet" – a trucker's log book
  • "Tandems" – the rear wheels on a trailer
  • "10-4" – Affirmative. Can also be used to denote agreement ("That's a big 10-4.")
  • "10-10" – CB operator will stop broadcasting, but will continue to listen ("I'm 10-10 on the side.")
  • "10-20" (more often simply "20") – Denotes location, as in identifying one's location ("My 20 is on Main Street and First"), asking the receiver what their current location is ("What's your 20?"), or inquiring about the location of a third person ("OK, people, I need a 20 on Little Timmy and fast").
  • "10-100" (polite) – Taking a bathroom break, especially on the side of the road.
  • "10-200" – "Police needed at ..."
  • "01" – Term referring to the first stop on a load, or first pick up location.
  • "02,03,04,etc." – Terms referring to the stops in order of their occurrence on a load. 02 would be second stop, 03 is the third, and so on.
  • "99" – Term referring to the final stop or destination of a load.
  • "TK" / "Unit" – Thermo King; refrigerated unit on the front of a trailer
  • "Toilet Mouth" / "Potty mouth" – someone using profanity, obscene language on the air (on-air profanity is generally frowned upon within the CB community).
  • "The Curve" I-90 & I-39 interchange; I-90 turn north at Rockford, IL
  • "Tricycle Motor" – Young child (Also, "Crumb-Cruncher", "Curtain Climber", "Rugrat")
  • "Truckstop Hookup" – A short term date of sorts.
  • "Truck Stop Tommy" – A pimp of sorts who specializes in getting truckers illegal services and/or drugs.
  • "Twenty" – See "10-20".
  • "Twister Tracker" – Someone who is chasing tornadoes, other storms.
  • "Willy Weaver" – A driver who is weaving, due to lack of sleep or excess of alcohol.[11]
  • "XYL" – Older woman ("Ex-Young Lady") - could also be a wife.
  • "YL" – Attractive woman ("Young Lady") - could also be a girlfriend.
  • " You Ass Eh" – The U.S.A.

See also[edit]

  • Ten-code

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ {{citation |url=http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119601113/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 |title=The People Versus Smokey Bear: Metaphor, Argot, and CB Radio |author=Richard David Ramsey |journal=The Journal of Popular Culture |volume=XIII |issue=2 |pages=338–344 |date=5 Mar 2004}}
  2. ^ {{citation| url=http://books.google.com/books?id=Ju4NAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA96 |title=An introduction to language and society |author=Martin Montgomery}}
  3. ^ {{citation |url=http://www.jstor.org/pss/455122 |title=Can Smokey the Bear Speak French? Adapting CB Lingo in Canadian French |author=S Aléong, M Chrétien |journal=American Speech |year=1981}}
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 {{citation |title=Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology |author=Howard Jackson, Etienne Zé Amvela |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=gzjnGTaa26oC&pg=PA137 |chapter=CB talk}}
  5. 5.0 5.1 cbslang.com - CB Slang Dictonary
  6. ^ FCC rules regarding CB radio
  7. ^ "Negatory" on UrbanDictionary.com
  8. ^ 'The Truckers Place' Truckers Slang
  9. ^ ACBRO Team Inc 1980 - Advocates For Australian CB Radio Clubs And Operators
  10. ^ Getting Familiar With CB Codes, Phrases, and Terminology
  11. ^ Glossary Of Trucking Terms

External links[edit]

fr:Citizen-band#Les_codes_.C2.AB_Q_.C2.BB.2C_code_chiffre.2C_abr.C3.A9viations it:Linguaggio CB