CB Radio Lingo
In the 1970s, CB (citizens band) radios were all the rage and the CB radio lingo was really cool.
CB Radios, which were once the realm of truckers, became a common item in cars that “regular” people drove as well, and scores of individuals had lots of fun taking to the CB airways, communicating in a way that gave them instant contact with their fellow drivers down the road a piece.
Though many truckers weren’t happy that others had adopted the CB radio, the 70 fad persisted until cell phones began to immerge, bringing a whole new era of communication.
CBers had their own special lingo language. Truck drivers knew it best but others began to pick it up as the fad progressed.
CB radio lingo often seemed unusual at first glance, but made a lot of sense once you stopped to think about it for a while.
For example, 10-4 were the words uttered in reference to okay, and “Motor City” was the moniker for Detroit.
Half the fun of tuning in was listening to this interesting CB lingo that was being tossed back and forth and trying to learn as much of it as possible.
Here are some common CB Lingo:
Alligator – blown tire on the roadway
Back Door – behind you
Back ‘em Up or Back Off the Hammer – slow down
Bear – police officer
Break- request to talk on the channel
Catch Ya on the Flip Flop – see you on the return trip
Chicken Coop – weigh station
Cash Register – toll booth
Comic Book – a trucker’s log book
Better Half – spouse
Big Road – an interstate highway
Bobtail – tractor with no trailer attached
Double Nickel – 55 mph
Evel Knievel – motorcycle police
Four Wheeler – standard automobile
Granny Lane – slow lane
Hammer Lane – fast lane
Handle – one’s CB nickname
Ears – CB radio
Parking Lot – a truck that hauls cars
Safe Driving Award – traffic ticket
Salt Shaker – snow plow
Smokey – police officer
10-4 – okay
10-20 – location
10-33 – emergency
10-36 – what is the time?
Yard Stick – mile marker
Wally World – Wal-Mart
The Big A – Amarillo
Windy City – Chicago
Bean Town – Boston
Big Apple – New York
Derby City – Louisville
Guitar – Nashville
Cigar City – Tampa
Beer Town – Milwaukee
Sin City – Reno
The Dome – Houston
Watermelon 500 – Atlanta