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CB slang is the distinctive anti-language, argot or cant which developed among users of Citizens Band radio (CB), especially truck drivers in the United States during the 1970s and early 1980s.[1]

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The slang itself is not only cyclical, but also geographical. What is a hmi. Through time, certain terms are added or dropped as attitudes toward it change. For example, in the early days of the CB radio, the term 'Good Buddy' was widely used.[2]

Nicknames given or adopted by CB radio users are known as 'handles'.[2][3] Many truck drivers will call each other 'Hand',[4] or by the name of the company they are driving for.[citation needed]

CB and its distinctive language started in the United States but was then exported to other countries including Mexico, Germany and Canada.


Popular terms[edit]

Law enforcement officers and their equipment[edit]

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Checkpoint CharliePolice checkpoint placed to look for intoxicated drivers, drivers with invalid licenses, etc (alludes to the former border crossing between East and West Berlin).
DOTDepartment of Transportation enforcement vehicle.
Evel KnievelPolice officer on a motorcycle (refers to the popular motorcycle stuntman).
Gumball machine/Bubble gum machinePolice vehicle, especially one with the older-style, dome-shaped red rotating/strobe light commonly mounted on the roof of police cars, which resembles a traditional 'penny' gumball machine.
Miss PiggyA female police officer (refers to the Muppet character, derived from the pejorative term 'pig' for police officers).
Mama BearA less derogatory term for a female police officer.
Papa BearA male police officer or police supervisor such as Sergeant or higher rank.
Baby BearRookie police officer.
Bear in the airPolice officer in some form of aircraft (particularly helicopters).
Bear(See 'Smokey' below)
Bear trapRADAR or speed Trap.
Bear bite/InvitationSpeeding ticket.
Bear's den/Bear cavePolice station.
Bear rolling discosA speeding police car with its lights flashing.
Polar bearA white unmarked police vehicle.
Blue Light SpecialA police vehicle with its blue strobe lights flashing (refers to the popular Kmart sale gimmick).
Local yokelA local city police officer.
County mountieA county sheriff or deputy.
Eye in The SkyPolice aircraft, airplane or helicopter.
Fox in the hen houseUnmarked police vehicle.
Kojak with a KodakPolice officer running radar.
Bear with earsA police officer monitoring the CB airwaves.
Flying doughnutA police helicopter.
Chicken coopA scale house (truck scale).
Full-grown bearState police trooper.
SmokeyA police officer (refers to Smokey Bear, known for wearing a campaign hat very similar to that included in many highway patrol uniforms in the United States; origin of Smokey and the Bandit movie title).
Wall-to-wall bearsA large number of police vehicles, especially when on a chase.
Starsky and HutchPolice officers.
Taco standBorder patrol check stations on the Mexico–United States border.

Trucks and other non-police vehicles[edit]

18, or 18 wheelerA truck with a total of 18 tire/wheels. It can also be used for any truck usually with a fifth-wheel hitch and a semi-trailer even if the vehicle doesn't have dual wheels, or tandem axles.
Aircraft carrierTractor/trailer carrying a disassembled aircraft, helicopter or a small plane.
Angry kangarooA truck with one (or both) of its headlights out.
Big TruckGenerally a truck able to pull a semi-trailer, usually with the trailer and not bob-tail. It can mean any vehicle Class 7 or heavier.
Blinkin winkin/Kiddie carSchool bus.
BulldogA Mackroad tractor, noted for its trademark bulldog hood ornament (origin in World War I when British soldiers called the Mack AC 'The Bulldog', giving the name and trademark hood ornament to Mack).
BullfrogAn ABF truck.
Bobtail rig, or BobtailRoad tractor driving without a trailer.
Buster BrownUPS truck.
Cab-overA truck where the cab sits directly over the engine. Much less common in North America since the overall length law changed in 1976.
Cash boxA toll booth.
Chicken TruckA dressed up and fancy truck. Usually means extra chrome, wide front bumper, extra light, etc. Can also mean a fast truck. Does not mean a truck hauling chickens.
Coal bucketTruck with a trailer for hauling coal, especially an end-dump trailer.
Corn flakeA Consolidated Freightways truck.
Cornbinder/Thirteen Letter Shit SpreaderA Navistar International truck.
Draggin WagonA tow truck also called A Wrecker.
Dry VanA Trailer without a refrigeration unit or insulation.
Drop and HookThe process of dropping off a trailer a then picking up a replacement trailer at a destination.
Dung BeetleA Volkswagen Beetle with a male driver.
Fender BenderAn accident (now used by the general public).
FreightshakerA Freightliner truck.
Four Wheeler/Four-wheelerAny vehicle with only four wheels. Most often used for personal cars/vans/SUVs.
HoodA conventional road tractor, with the engine in front of the cab.
JimmyA GMC road tractor.
K-WhopperA Kenworth road tractor.
LouisvilleA Ford L-Series truck.
Meat WagonAn ambulance.
Pete/Peter CarA Peterbilt road tractor.
Piggy backA truck towing another truck.
Piggy BankAn armored Car.
Portable parking lot/Rolling parking lotA tractor/trailer loaded with new or used cars.
Pregnant roller skateA Volkswagen Beetle.
Pumpkin/Pumpkin rollerA Schneider National tractor/trailer.
ReeferA refrigerated trailer or flatbed trailer hauling a refrigerated container.
Rolling refineryA tanker truck, typically carrying fuel.
Salt shakerHighway department truck for spreading ice melt chemicals on the road, traditionally salt.
ScannyA Scania AB truck. There are around 500 in the United States[clarification needed]. It is very rare, so it is used only in social media (truck pages in Facebook, YouTube, etc).
SkateboardA straight, flatbed trailer.
Thermos BottleA road tractor with a chemical trailer.
Turkey hearseA truck with a load of turkeys headed for slaughter.
Wiggle WagonA road tractor with more than one trailer.
Yard dog, yard goat, yard horse or muleTerminal tractor used to move trailers in a shipping/freight yard.


BeantownBoston, Massachusetts.
Beer TownMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Big AppleNew York, New York (now widely used among the general public).
Bingo or BingotownBinghamton, New York.
Big D / Emerald City Dallas, Texas now widely used 'North Texas'
The BubblyChampaign, Illinois
Chocolate TownHershey, Pennsylvania (reference to Hershey's Chocolates; now used by the general public)
Corn patchThe Midwest.
Cow TownFort Worth, Texas. Or Calgary, Alberta.
CrashvilleNashville, Tennessee.
Derby City/Derby TownLouisville, Kentucky.
The DimeInterstate 10
Disney TownAnaheim, California.
FlagtownFlagstaff, Arizona.
Flying HookFlying J Truckstop chain
Fort GodMemphis, Tennessee.
GatewaySt. Louis, Missouri.
Guitar TownNashville, Tennessee.
GunspointGreenspoint (an area of Houston, Texas).
Hippie Haven / Bat City / WaterlooAustin, Texas.
Hog TownToronto, Ontario.
HotlantaAtlanta, Georgia.
Space City / H TownHouston, Texas.
Indy 500 or Indy 5Indianapolis, Indiana (reference to Indianapolis Motor Speedway home of the Indy 500)
Idiot IslandCalifornia.
Job TownClinton, New Jersey.
Little CubaMiami, Florida
Lost WagesLas Vegas, Nevada.
Mardi Gras / Crescent CityNew Orleans, Louisiana.
Mickey MouseOrlando, Florida (a reference to Walt Disney World resort).
Mile HighDenver, Colorado (now widely used among the general public as 'The Mile High City').
Monkey TownMontgomery, Alabama ('Monkey' being diminutive form of 'Montgomery').
Motor CityDetroit, Michigan (now widely used among the general public).
Nickle RoadInterstate 5
Queen CityCharlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; or Buffalo, New York.
Red StickBaton Rouge, Louisiana.
Rhymes with FunRegina, Saskatchewan.
Ripoff Griffin'sRip Griffin's, a well known truck stop outside Dallas.
Rock CityLittle Rock, Arkansas.
SaltySalt Lake City, Utah (a reference to the Great Salt Lake)
Shakey City or ShakeytownLos Angeles, California, California (a reference to earthquakes).
Silly CircleThe Capital Beltway, a beltway around Washington, D.C., running through Virginia and Maryland.
Stack of BricksA house or home ('I'm heading back to my stack of bricks').
Steam TownScranton, Pennsylvania.
Steel CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania (now used by the general public)
The Sticker PatchPhoenix, Arizona (a reference to the cacti in the area).
Spud TownBoise, Idaho.
T TownTexarkana, Texas/Arkansas or Tulsa, Oklahoma.
TontoToronto, Ontario.
Taco Town / Alamo CitySan Antonio, Texas.
Windy CityChicago, Illinois (now widely used among the general public).
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Other popular terms[edit]

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4-10A reversal of the ten code '10-4,' when asking if someone agrees with something said or if one's transmission was received. ('That was a nasty wreck. Four-ten?')
5 by 5Indicates that another CB user can be heard clearly (see 'Wall to wall and treetop tall' below).
10-4Acknowledged; can also be used to denote or emphasize an agreement ('That's a big 10-4.').
10-6Busy; stand by.[5]
10-7Signing off.
10-8En route. ('I'm 10-8 to your location.')
10-9Last transmission not received; repeat your last transmission.
10-10CB user will cease broadcasting but will continue to listen. ('I'm 10-10 on the side.')
10-20Denotes location, as in identifying one's location ('My 20 is on Main Street and First'), asking the receiver what their current location or destination 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').
10-33Emergency traffic, clear the channel. CB code for Mayday for trucks and police cars.
3s and 8sWell wishes to a fellow driver.
10-36Correct time ('Can I get a 10-36?')
10 in the windListening to the CB while driving (also known as '10-10 in the wind').
10-100Restroom break.
10-200Police needed at ________. Alternately, in Smokey and the Bandit a character jokingly plays off of 10-100 and says 10-100 is better than 10--200, meaning that 10-100 was peeing and 10-200 was doing a #2.
Alligator StationA user who talks constantly and seldom listens (comic reference to an alligator - all mouth and no ears). Someone who will not shut up. Frequently refers to a powerful local base station transmitting to mobile CBers, often on channel 19. Similar to Bucket mouth/Linear lungs, but a base station rather than a mobile. Sometimes, though rarely, used to refer to a very loud mobile user.
Aye-firmativeVariant of Affirmative.
Back DoorThe rearmost vehicle driver in a group that watches for police officers approaching from behind and gives warning to the others in the group to slow down when speeding. See also Front Door and Rocking Chair.
Back it DownReduce driving speed to the speed limit.
Back row / Party rowAn area of a truck stop, generally located in the back of the property, where prostitutes congregate.
Bear baitAn erratic or speeding driver.[7]
Bird-dogRADAR detector.
Bird-dog is BarkingRADAR detector indicating that RADAR is being used. ('My bird-dog is barking.').
Bob-tailSemi-truck traveling without a trailer.
Boop Boop/Cluck Cluck Chicken TruckWays chicken haulers greet each other
Break/BreakerInforming other CB users that you would like to start a transmission on a channel. May be followed by either the channel number, indicating that anyone may acknowledge (e.g., 'Breaker One-niner' refers to channel 19, the most widely used among truck drivers), or by a specific 'handle', which is requesting a particular individual to respond.[6]
Bucket mouth/Linear lungsSomeone who will not shut up. Similar to 'Alligator Station', but usually refers to a mobile user rather than a base station.
CB RamboA radio user who brags about his fighting prowess but won't actually fight.
Chicken CoopThe Weigh Station also called a Port of Entry or The Scales, Scale House
Chicken LightsExtra marker lights, usually far in excess of what the law requires. The lights on a chicken truck.
Choke and pukeA truck stop restaurant, especially one known for its less-than-quality food.
ComedianThe median or central reservation of a highway. As in, 'A bear taking pictures from the comedian.'
Copy that/CopyAcknowledgement 'I heard you' or 'I understand.'
Cotton ChoppersOther people as a group who are referred to as being bothersome or annoying. Often used in a comic fashion. Occasionally used in a friendly fashion as a rough term of endearment to refer to others. Sometimes used to refer to other people in general, especially those who do not use CB radios.
Cotton-pickin'Substitution for foul language.
Crotch rocketA very fast motorcycle.
Do a flipTurn around and go the opposite direction. As in, 'That county mountie did a flip when the bear bait went by in the hammer lane.'
Double-nickelsA 55 mph speed zone.
Drain the Dragon/ The Double DComic reference for a restroom call.
DriverGenerally restricted to someone who drives a truck, not just anyone who's driving
Eat 'em upA restaurant.
Feeding the bearsSpeeding or driving recklessly.
Fifty-Dollar LaneThe inside lane (left most lane) in either direction of an eight-lane highway.
FingerprintThe drive has to load, or more commonly, unload the trailer. That is, to put his fingerprints on all the boxes.
Flip-flopUsed by truckers to refer to the return trip or traveling back the other way, especially when referring to going home on an outbound run.
Four/FoeRefers to 10-4, dropping the 10; also 'Yeah, Four', 'Foe', or 'Yeah, foe' (slang for 'four').
Flag in five-mile windA 45-mph speed zone.
Fox huntA direction finding activity using cars and vans fitted with CB radios. The objective of this activity is to use a signal strength meter to triangulate or otherwise locate a hidden transmitter, or 'fox'.
Front DoorThe leading vehicle driver in a group that watches for police officers approaching from the front or officers watching oncoming traffic from the side of the road. This driver gives warning to the others in the group to slow down when speeding. See also Back Door and Rocking Chair.
Gator, or AlligatorA large piece of tire on the road. From a distance it can resembles an alligator sunning on the road.
#handle, Got your ears on? / Anybody/Anyone got their ears on?Asking if a specific person is listening to a given channel / Asking if anyone is listening to a given channel[8]
Green stamp(s)Cash money (refers to S&H Green Stamps). When used in the singular form, can also refer to a toll road, such as the New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Turnpikes which are all denoted by green route markers
Go-go juice'I need to get some fuel.'
GroceriesGoods being hauled.
Hot micA CB user monopolizes a radio channel.
Good buddyIn the 1970s, this was the stereotypical term for a friend or acquaintance on the CB airwaves.[9][10][6] Now the term 'buddy' can be used similarly as the term 'good buddy' now means a homosexual, especially driver.
Good numbersWell wishes to a fellow driver.
HandPerson, especially a working person like a hired hand. Sometimes used to distinguish a between a driver and one who isn't. ('I talked to a hand who wants to become a driver.')
HandleThe 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.[6]
HammerGas pedal/ accelerator
HammerNickname for a linear amplifier.
Hammer downDriving at high speed - or trying to with the gas pedal fully depressed. ('He's got the hammer down!', 'I put the hammer down, but this is as fast as it goes.'; now moderately used among the general public.)
Hammer LaneThe passing lane or the 'fast lane'. Example: 'Don't let smokey see you camping out in the hammer lane, buddy.'
Hundred-mile coffeeVery strong coffee.
Jabber/Jabbering idiot/Babble/Babbling idiotA CB user transmitting in a foreign language.
Keep the left door closedMake time by not stopping.
KickerA linear amplifier used to illegally increase CB transmit power. A favorite tool of Alligator Stations, Bucket Mouths and Linear Lungs. Frowned on by most users.
Lot lizardA prostitute in a rest area or who works the parking area of a truck stop.
Mud DuckA cb user that has a weak signal and they keep trying to talk despite the fact that no one can understand them.
Nap TrapA rest area
NegatoryNo, Negative (often emphatic, like 'Hell no')
On one's donkeyFollowing one too close; tailgating. ('You have a sports car 'on your donkey'.')
Outdoor TVA drive-in theatre.
Over one's shoulder / Over one's donkeyThe road behind that one has just traveled. ('How's it look over your shoulder / over your donkey?')
Peanut butter in one's earsOblivious to or ignoring CB transmission
Pickle parkA rest area. Sometimes one especially known for prostitution.

(Also can be used to describe large grassy medians on highways. Example: There's a smokey doing flip flops around the pickle park)

Portable Parking LotSemi-truck pulling a trailer that carries a number of vehicles, such as new cars or SUVs.
Rocking ChairThe vehicle(s) in a group positioned between the Front Door and Back Door drivers. Called the Rocking Chair because drivers in that position of the group can relax while speeding because the Front Door and Back Door drivers are watching for the police. See also Front Door and Back Door.
Rubbernecking/ Rubbernecks/ RubberneckersLooking at something on the side of the road, causing a backup. People slowing down to look at something, particularly an accident.
SandbaggingListening to CB conversation without participating, despite having the capability of speaking. This is not the same as listening in using a simple receiver, as the person sandbagging can transmit using the two-way radio, but chooses not to.[11][12] It is for the purpose of monitoring CB users for entertainment or for gathering information about the actions of a particular user. Often, CB users 'sandbag' to listen to others' responses to their previous input to a conversation, sometimes referred to a 'reading the mail'.[13]
Seat coverAn attractive woman in a vehicle, especially one who is scantily-clad or wearing sexy clothing.
Semi-proPickup truck drivers congregating with truckers.
Three SistersThree large hills on I-80E between Salt Lake City, Utah and Fort Bridger, Wyoming. (Now used by the general public.)
Triple NickelCB users sometimes migrate to 'out of band' channels/frequencies, most famous one being 27.555 mhz also referred to as 'triple nickel', well above the 40ch CB standard allowing for a more private conversation and enhanced radio communications.(modified equipment is usually required).
Turn and burnTo return from a destination back to the original starting point of a trip, especially in a hurry and/or non-stop so as not to lose time.
Turtle raceTwo trucks side by side, one trying to pass the other; but both have speed-governors.
Suicide jockeyA driver who is hauling dangerous goods, such as explosives.
Wall PaperA traffic citation/ticket (especially a speeding ticket).
Wall to wall and treetop tallAn exceptionally clear, strong signal/transmission.
Watering HoleThe truck stop
YardstickA mile marker or mile post

See also[edit]


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  1. ^Richard David Ramsey (5 Mar 2004), 'The People Versus Smokey Bear: Metaphor, Argot, and CB Radio', The Journal of Popular Culture, XIII (2): 338–344, doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.1979.1302_338.x, archived from the original on 5 January 2013
  2. ^ abPreston, Benjamin (February 21, 2013). 'How To Talk On A CB Radio'. Jalopnik. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^'Citizens Band (CB) Service'. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^'Trucker Slang and CB Radio Lingo'. TruckersReport.com. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^CB Ten Codes
  6. ^ abcdHoward Jackson, Etienne Zé Amvela, 'CB talk', Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology
  7. ^cbslang.com - CB Slang Dictionary
  8. ^'Got Your Ears On? Listening and Social Marketing'. Vivid Image, Inc. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  9. ^Glowka, Wayne, ed. (Spring 2001). 'GC&SU Student Slang Project'. Milledgeville, Georgia: Georgia College & State University. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  10. ^'CB Slang and Technical Terms'. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  11. ^'The Truckers Place' Truckers Slang
  12. ^ACBRO Team Inc 1980 - Advocates For Australian CB Radio Clubs And Operators
  13. ^Getting Familiar With CB Codes, Phrases, and Terminology

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Look up Appendix:CB slang in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
  • Dills, Lanie (2012). CB Slanguage Language Dictionary: The Official Including Cross-Reference Citizens Band Jargon from A to Z. Lanie Dills Publishing. ASINB008CS72W6.
  • Complete CB Slang Dictionary at cbslang.com
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