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CBF slang is the distinctive anti-language, argot or cant which developed amongst users of citizens band of friends radio (CBF), especially truck drivers in the USA during the 1970s and early-1980s.[1]

CBF 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.[2]

Popular terms[edit]

Law enforcement officers and their equipment[edit]

a police car with its lights on. See "Blue Light Special"
police plane or helicopter
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 campaign hat very similar to that included in many highway patrol uniforms in the U.S. It also refers to their attitude toward most law enforcement officers in general.
"Baby Bear / Cub"
a rookie (or at least a very young) officer.
"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.
"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 CBF
"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. The term blue light special is derived from a promotion by Kmart where they would place a flashing blue light in the store next to an item, and announce a surprise sale to shoppers on the store's public address system. Truckers adopted the term and announce a "Blue Light Special" on the CBF to warn other truckers when they spot a police vehicle with flashing blue lights on the road.
"Boy Scouts"
State Police.
"Bunsen Burner"
Portable Meth Lab
police radar unit.
"Care Bear"
Police car located within a construction zone.
"Catch Car"
police car past radar set-up.
"Checkpoint Charlie"
Old CBF slang for a police checkpoint placed to look for drunk drivers, etc. This looks like a roadblock.
"City Kitty" / "City Bear"
Local law enforcement monitoring a particular stretch of interstate which runs through their jurisdiction.
"Cocaine Cowboy"
Drug Enforcement Police, usually used when a car is pulled over and being searched.
"Cop Shop"
Police station
"Creeper Cop"
Department of Transportation or Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer so named because of the use of wheeled creepers when inspecting trucks.
"County Mountie"
a Sheriff's deputy car.
"Cub Scouts"
Sheriffs' Deputies.
"Dashboard Puppy"
Radar Detector or other portable monitor (usually with an audible alarm).
"Diesel Cop" / "Diesel Bear" / "D.O.T. Bear" / "The Man"
State department of transportation personnel, usually enforcing weight limits, diesel fuel taxes, and safety rules (brakes & tires).
"Disco Lights"
the flashing emergency lights of a law enforcement vehicle.
"Dudley Do Right"
a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
"Evel Knievel"
a police officer on a motorcycle.
"Feed The Bear"
pay a traffic fine.
"Flying Tire Salesman"
an officer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol
"Full-Grown" / "Full Grown Bear"
a state policeman/trooper.
"Got Bit By A Bear"
Received A Ticket.
"Green Stamps"
used to express a toll road
"John Law"
police officer, especially a city cop or a local sheriff's deputy.
"Gum ball machine" / "bubble gum machine"
A popular style of rotating mirror light used by many state police and some other law enforcement agencies at the time, however can also 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.
short for Law Enforcement Officer
"Little Bears"
a police officer belonging to a city or township police department
"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 female law enforcement officer.
"PP Guy" (or girl)
a police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police.
"Papa Bear"
A police supervisor.
"Paper Hanger"
police giving speeding ticket.
"Picture-taker" / "Smokey taking pictures" / "Smokey bear is taking a picture" / "Kodiak with a Kodak" / "Kojak with a Kodak" / "Hemorrhoid with a Polaroid"
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 / White Wrapper" [Plain Wrapper]
Unmarked police car (Often referred to by the car's actual color)
"Protecting and serving" / "With a customer"
Officer with a car pulled over
"Radio Car" / "Super Trooper"
Either a marked or unmarked state trooper vehicle sporting additional antenna on the trunk or sides of the vehicle.
"Red Wheel"
police patrol car with single rotating red roof light, such as those used by the Michigan State Police.
"Safe Driving Award"
Traffic Ticket While Being Pulled Over by Police or the DOT.
"Sex Lights"
Got pulled over.
"Sky Bear" / "Spy in the sky" / "Eye in the sky"
police helicopter.
a law officer, particularly one from a state police or highway Patrol force. A "smokey report" is what CBF 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.
"Sunoco Special"
New York State Police patrol car
"Super Trucker"
It was Jimmy Hoffa during the early sixties who gave a speech in which he coined 'super truckers' to mean the extra ordinary strength it required to be an over the road driver.
"Tijuana Taxi"
A marked police car.


"Camera Car"
Highway Patrol Police Car in reference to the onboard video camera set up
"Candy Car"
Highway Patrol Police Car usually with high-visibility Police decals
"Double One"
Marked Highway Patrol Car
"Disco Tin"
Police Car usually with high-visibility Police decals
"Disco Whistle"
Police Car siren
"Dog Box"
General Duties caged truck/paddy wagon
"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 CBF slang "Double Bubble".
"Flash for Cash"
Speed Camera, or Red Light Camera
Stationary Highway Patrol LIDAR/Radar set up
"Meat wagon"
"Evel Knievel"
a police officer on a motorcycle.

Trucks and other non-police vehicles[edit]

"Aircraft carrier"
Truck carrying a disassembled aircraft, helicopter or a small plane.
"Anchor Clanker"
Boat trailer.
a Kenworth T600 (T604 Australia) 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"
a Ford Pinto
"Bitumen Sniffer"(Kenworth T604,T608,T609)
"Big Orange"
Skelton Truck Lines Truck.
"Big R"
Roadway Express truck.
"Blinkin Winkin"
School bus.
"Blue Bird"
a Marten Transport truck
a semi-tractor operating without a trailer.
a Mack Tractor, noted for the bulldog hood ornament.
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.
tractors designed with the cab directly over the engine
a RV, such as a Motorhome. AKA a "Portable House"
"Canadian Peterbilt"
Western Star Truck
"Cheap Hardly Effective Virtually Runs On Luck Every Time"
Backronym for a Chevrolet Vehicle.
"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.
"Colorado Cadillac"
Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer was very popular in Colorado in the 70s, and 80s and more were sold there than in any other state.
"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, named after 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"/"Thirteen letter shit spreader"
a Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester). The terms originated because the International Harvester Company was primarily known for their farm machinery.
"Corn Flaker"
(CFI) Consolidated Freight Lines truck.
"Cornfield Cadillac"
a John Deere tractor.
"Cowboy Cadillac"
Coupé utility vehicle.
"Crust" or "Crest"
CRST Truck
"Draggin Wagon"
Wrecker, or Super-Load trailer with several attachments.
"Detroit Vibrator"
a Chevrolet truck
a Tractor/Semi-trailer or transport truck with trailer
"Federal Pork Chop Express"/"Pork Chop"/"Pork Chop Xpress" 
a FedEx truck
Pontiac Firebird
"Fixed Old Rebuilt Dodge","Fix Or Repair Daily", "Found On Roadside Dead"
Ford cars and trucks (making the acronym spell F.O.R.D.)
"Flag Waver Taxi"
Highway construction truck.
"Flat rack"
flatbed trailer
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).
a Freightliner Trucks tractor
"Half Cheese"
A short school bus
A truck built by the Brockway Motor Company noted for the Husky dog hood ornament.
a GMC tractor
"K-Whopper" / "Kitty-Whopper" / "K-Wobbler" / "KW"
a Kenworth Tractor
"Kenosha Cadillac"
American Motors car such as a Gremlin Pacer, Matador, Eagle, or Hornet. Term comes from Kenosha, Wisconsin, where an American Motors assembly plant and an engine plant used to be.
"Kiddy Car"
A school bus. Some bus drivers have a CBF and will say " Kiddy Car stopping ahead"
"Little Cheese"
A small school bus, usually built on a 1-ton van chassis (aka cutaway).
A Ford L-Series Truck. This term originated because the Ford L-Series Trucks were built at a Ford truck plant near Louisville, Kentucky.
A Swift truck
"Military Carrier"/ "Soldier Man" /"GI-Joe"
Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, even Tanks, other military equipment.
"Not too Swift"
Derogatory nickname for a Swift truck
Oldsmobile car or station wagon
"Portable Parking Lot"
A large car hauler (18 wheeler).
"Pay Wagon"/"Piggy Bank"
an armored car, usually full of money as it goes from place to place, then to a bank.
"Pete" / "Petercar" / "Poor Boy"
a Peterbilt Tractor
Pontiac automobile
"Pie Truck"/"Pollock Express"
(PIE) Pacific Intermountain Express truck.
"Pittsburgh Garbage Truck"
a PGT truck.
"Pony Express"
Mail hauler.
"Portable Barn Yard"
Cattle or hog truck.
"Portable Parking Lot" / "Mobile Parking Lot"
a car hauler
"Pregnant Rollerskate"
a Volkswagen Beetle.
"Pumpkin"/ "Pumpkin roller" 
a Schneider National, Inc. truck.
a refrigerated trailer, used for transporting foodstuffs and other perishable cargo.
"Rifle Barrel"
a bulk liquid trailer round in shape
"Roach Coach"
Lunch wagon
A compact or sports car, or mini pickup truck
"Rolling refinery"/"Portable Gas Station"
a tank truck carrying fuel.
"Sail Boat"
Viking Freight
"Salt Shaker"
a snowplow
"ShakeyLiner" / "Freightshaker"
a Freightliner Trucks tractor.
"Signal 7"
A dead carcass.
"Shanty Shaker"
Mobile home hauler.
"Silver Seeder"
A combine harvester built by Gleaner Manufacturing Company
a flatbed truck or trailer.
"Skillet Face"
a cab over engine truck.
"Sow Belly"
a milk truck
"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
"Texas Cadillac"
A Chevrolet Suburban
"Thermos Bottle"
Driver pulling a chemical trailer
"The Dog"
Greyhound bus.
Ford Thunderbird
A request for a location of an information station, such as rest area information center or truck stop information desk.
"Toy Box"
Toyota vehicle.
"Trailer Jockey"
See "Yard Goat". Short single-axle truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards.
"Trash Can"
Transcontinental truck.
"Two Story Falcon"
Ford H series cab-over-engine trucks built during the 1960s.
"United Package Smashers" / "United Pot Smokers"
United Parcel Service 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" / "Yard Dog" / "Yard Jockey"
Short single-axle truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards.
"Yard Line"
Mile marker.


Interstate 10
"Art Bell Town"
Pahrump, Nevada, Art Bell's hometown
The city of Asheville NC
New Jersey
"Badger Bound"
Wisconsin bound
"Bad News"
Newport News, Virginia
"Barf City"
Providence, Rhode Island
"Bean Town"
Boston, Massachusetts
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Big A"
Atlanta, Georgia or Amarillo, Texas
"Big Apple"
New York City
"Big Arch"
St. Louis, Missouri (After the Gateway Arch)
"Biggest Little"
Reno, Nevada (After its nickname "Biggest Little City in the World")
"The Big Easy"
New Orleans, Louisiana
"The Big Road"
An interstate, particularly Interstate-80.
"Bikini State"
"The Big Stink"
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Due to its waste water treatment plant being to close to I-10)
"Bluegrass City"
Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding area
"The Bluff"
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
"Bridge Town" or "Bridgeville"
Portland, Oregon
"Bubble City"
Champaign, IL
"Buick town"
Flint, Michigan
"Bull City"
Washington DC
"Camel City"
Winston-Salem, NC (the home of Reynolds Tobacco)
"The Canadian Turnpike"
Name give to Interstate-81 because of its heavy Canadian truck traffic.
"Capital City"
Carson City, Nevada
"Charlie Town "
"Chi Town"
Chicago, Illinois
"Chocolate Town"
Hershey, Pennsylvania
"Choo Choo Town"
Chattanooga, Tennessee (After the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo").
"Cigar City"
Tampa, FL
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Cow Town"
Fort Worth, Texas, Dodge City, Kansas, Columbus, Ohio and Calgary, Alberta
"Coon Town"
Albany, Georgia or the rural south Georgia and rural south Alabama area.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Nashville, Tennessee
"Da Puke"
Dubuque, Iowa
"Derby City"
Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby.
"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 A" (also "A-Squared")
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Double Deuce"
U.S. Route 22
"Double Nickel"
Interstate 55
"End of the World"
Venice, Louisiana One road in, one road out. 60 miles south east of New Orleans.
Escanaba, Michigan
"The Flag/Flagtown"
Flagstaff, Arizona
San Francisco, California
"Flower Town"
Garden City, Kansas
"Garbage State"
New Jersey
St. Louis, Missouri
"Gay Bay"
San Francisco Bay area
"Ghost Town"
Casper, Wyoming (After the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost)
"Glass City"
Toledo, Ohio
"Guitar Town"
Gardnerville, Nevada
"H Town"
Houston, Texas
"Happy Rock"
Gladstone, Michigan
Hillsboro, Oregon
"Hog Town"
Toronto, Ontario and Cincinnati, Ohio
"Hooker City"
Fresno, California
Hopewell, Virginia
"Hot Lanta"
Atlanta, Georgia
"Indy 5, Indy 500"
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jacksonville, Florida
"Little Cuba"
Miami, Florida
"Lost Wages"
Las Vegas, Nevada
Madison, WI, Rockford, IL Metro areas including Janesville, WI and Beloit, WI. This area is shared by I-90/I-39
"The Magic City"
Birmingham, Alabama
the small town of Manistique, MI
"Mickey Mouse Towns"
location of the Walt Disney theme parks
"Mistake On The Lake"
Chicago, Illinois — also Cleveland, Ohio
"Monkey Town"
Montgomery, Alabama
"Motor City"
Detroit, Michigan
"Mountain Folk"
The mountains of rural Western North Carolina to the Tennessee State Line
"Music Town"
"Nickel City"
Buffalo, NY
"New Jersey Termite"
New Jersey Turnpike
The State of North Dakota
"Okie City"
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where I-40, I-35 and I-44 all cross paths
Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers football team.
"Pancake City"
Liberal, Kansas, host of the Fat Tuesday Pancake Race
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Queen City"
Charlotte, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo, New York or Springfield, Missouri
"Queer Town"
Provincetown, MA or the San Francisco area
Rochester, NY
Salt Lake City, Utah
"Scale City";
Toledo, Ohio
"Sewer City"
Sioux City, Iowa, so nicknamed because I-29 ran near infamous Sioux City Stockyards
Los Angeles, so nicknamed because of the earthquakes that occur there
"Shy Town" (Chi-Town)
Chicago, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
"Star City"
Roanoke, Virginia, named after the Roanoke Star
"Steel City"
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Sticker Patch"
Phoenix, Arizona
"Stink City"
Las Cruces, New Mexico earned this name because a sewage treatment plant was placed right next to Interstate 10 and near several truck stops.
"Stump Town"
Portland, Oregon
"Sin City"
Las Vegas, Nevada (Also called "Dice City", "Gambling Town", "Lost Wages")
"Sin City" (when in the vicinity)
Cincinnati, Ohio
"T-Town/Tulsa Town"
Tulsa, Oklahoma
"The Swamp"
Montréal, Québec
"The Peg"
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Interstate 71 connecting Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Toledo, Ohio
Toronto, Ontario
"UFO Central"
Area 51, other areas known for UFO activity. (Truckers call the area near Rachel, Nevada this, as well as other areas known for UFO activity, such as Roswell, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona)
Vancouver, Washington
"The Windy"
Chicago, Illinois after The Windy City

Other popular terms[edit]

The first stop on a load, or first pick up location.
"02, 03, 04, etc."
The stops in order of their occurrence on a load. 02 would be second stop, 03 is the third, and so on.
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?")
Affirmative. Can also be used to denote agreement ("That's a big 10-4.")
The rear. As in "I've got your six!" (I've got your back.)
Out of commission.
Repeat. Usually used to ask for a repeat.
CBF 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").
An emergency situation ("You got a 10-33 at yardstick 136, they got 4-wheelers all piled up")
The correct time ("Can I get a 10-36?")
"I'm headed your way." ("I'm 51 to you.")
"10-100" (polite)
Taking a bathroom break, especially on the side of the road. Referencing the use of showing one finger to denote the need to urinate.
Taking a bathroom break, especially on the side of the road. Referencing the use of showing two fingers to denote the need to have a bowel movement.
The final stop or destination of a load.
(-politely- Aggravating Agitator): A CBF user whose main purpose in life is to stir trouble and cause problems, usually under the influence of alcohol, and/or drugs.
"African Violet"
An African-American truck stop prostitute.
"Alice in Wonderland"
Someone who is lost or seeking directions.
"Anchored Modulator"
Base Station.
"Back Door"
The area behind a vehicle or the last vehicle in a line. 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.[4]
"Bear Bite"
A speeding ticket.
"Bear with a Customer"
A patrol officer who has pulled someone over.
"Bend over Bill[y]"
Name given as an insult to another man implying that person is a homosexual.
"Big Road"
Interstate highway, as opposed to smaller highways and city streets.
"Big Truck"
A semi truck, usually an 18-wheeler, used as the opposite of the term "four-wheeler."
Air brakes.
"Black Bart"
A chronic alcoholic who cannot handle his liquor. Usually shouts loudly, picking people up, etc. A general nuisance to others. An undesirable person at a party or truckstop.
High beams(headlights).
"Brake check"
A brief traffic slowdown, where traffic flow improves after about a minute or two.
Telling other CBF 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 (e.g. "Breaker 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.[3]
A male prostitute, who may be homosexual.
"Bumper Sticker"
A tailgating vehicle.
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.
"Busy" or "Workin"
A Weigh Station or Rest Area that is pulling trucks in for weighing or inspection.
"Cash Box" or "Cash Register"
A toll booth or toll plaza.
"Channel 4 Drunk"
A chronic alcoholic who spends an extreme amount of time on the CBF radio. Interchangeable with the terms Silverfish, Buck, Kool-Aid Man, or Leadfoot. Derived from the Channel Four CBF club in Concord, North Carolina.
"Checking My Eyelids for Pinholes"
I'm tired.
"Chief Hood Lifter"
Service Manager at a truck repair garage
"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).
"Classy Chassis"
Nice truck.
"Clean and Green"
No police or obstructions ahead.
"Coloring Book" or "Comic Book"
A trucker's log book.[4]
"Commercial Company"
Prostitute who hangs out on the radio, usually around truck stops.
A group of 3 or more truckers in a line, usually exceeding the speed limit.
"Come Back / Come On"
A request for someone to acknowledge a transmitted message or reply to a question.
The median between a divided highway.
"Crotch-Rocket Cowboy"
An individual on a sport bike (motorcycle) riding recklessly. Usually used as a warning to other drivers to watch for erratic behavior.
An interjection indicating surprise
A truck operating with an empty trailer (see "Hauling fence post holes").
"Dog The Bounty Hunter" or "Dog"
Slang for a bounty hunter.
A diesel engine manufactured by the Detroit Diesel Corporation.
"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.
A polite form of address used when you do not know someone's on-the-air nickname. (See "Handle")
"Drop the hammer down"
Pressing the accelerator to full speed.
CBF 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.
"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 Heifer".
"Flash For Cash"
speed camera
Someone from the city, usually a derogatory term used by mountain folk or a mountain resident such as "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.")
A speeding vehicle, one that is driving way over the speed limit and is certain to get a ticket.
Short for the ten code 10-4, which means acknowledged, okay, etc.
"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 first vehicle in the line 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".
"Georgia Overdrive"
Shifting into neutral on a down grade to gain speed without using fuel.
"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 a friend or acquaintance on a CBF radio.[1][2][3]
"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" / "Grocery Getter"
A Minivan, station wagon, or other family car.
"Granny Lane"
The far right lane (slow lane).
Hate and Discontent, the atmosphere of tension created on a CBF channel by constant argument and verbal assault.
Person or individual operating a radio transmission without regard for standard rules or etiquette.
"Hamburger Helper"
Power amplifier / Linear, used to boost transmission power.
"Hamhock"/"Porky Pig"
Person using an amateur radio callsign (as opposed to a handle) or procedure on CBF. Using amateur radio practices on CBF is not illegal in itself, but is considered awkward or out-of-place.
"Hammer Lane"
The far left lane (fast lane).
The nickname a CBF user uses in CBF transmissions. Other CBF users will refer to the user by this nickname. To say "What's your handle?" is to ask another user for their CBF nickname.[3]
"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.
"Hole In The Wall"
A tunnel.
"Hood Lifter"
Automobile or truck mechanic
"How 'bout it?" / "How 'bout ya?"
A query used when seeking another, usually followed by their CBF handle, or some other identifier if you don't know their handle.
"How many candles are you burning?"
Asking how old someone is.
"Hungry Heifer"
A grossly overweight female one meets over the CBF. Usually lacks any type of personal hygiene.
Losing traction on the roads due to icy conditions; can refer to either the trucker, or witnessing it happen to someone else.
"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 / Jabbering Idiot / Babble / Babbling Idiot"
Someone using foreign language on the CBF. US law does not forbid other languages on the radio.[5]
"Jake" / "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 (IE. 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.
"Jet Pilot"
Speeding vehicle.
"Jibber Jabber on Channel 9"
Someone using foreign language on Channel 9, which is not illegal. Channel 9 on the CBF 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 CBF 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.
"Little White Pills"
Stimulants used to keep the driver awake on long hauls. Mentioned in Dave Dudley's original version of the song "Six Days on the Road".
"Lot Lizard"
Prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops.
"My Balls are sagging"
Parts are falling off the truck.
"Nap Trap"
Motel or rest stop.
Wife ("Old Lady")
Husband ("Old Man")
An obnoxious way to get attention for purposes of being informative. Word said on CBF 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"/"Donorcycle"
A civilian motorcyclist, especially one without a helmet, usually driving erratically and/or under the influence.
One who operates an illegally modified CBF radio, often broadcasting outside the regulated frequencies.
Police backup.
"Over and Out"
Phrase meaning the CBF'er is stopping talking and either turning the CBF off or going to another channel.
"Over the Tank-Hank"
See "Bend Over Bill"
"Pickle Park"
An interstate rest area frequented by prostitutes.
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"
The last person in the convoy, who would watch out for troopers coming from behind
An obnoxious person talking non-stop and saying nothing
A refrigerated trailer, identifiable by the large refrigeration unit on the front of the trailer.
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.
"Rip-off Ralphy"
A truck stop dope dealer who charges extremely high prices.
"Road Ho" / "Road Juliet"
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.[3]
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.
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.[7][8] It is done to monitor people for entertainment or for gathering information about the actions of others. Often, CBFer's will sandbag to listen to others' responses to their previous input to a conversation, sometimes referred to a "reading the mail."[9]
"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"
A attractive female passenger in a vehicle.
"Shaking the Trees"
The person in the lead in a convoy watching out for troopers up ahead.
"Shutting down half-way"
Same as 10-10 (no longer talking, but still listening).
A CBF station using SSB modulation.
"Sleeper Leaper"
See "Lot Lizard".
"Smokey's got a customer"
A cop who pulled someone over.
"Steak on the Grill" / "Put a steak on the grill"
To hit a cow.
"Steering Wheel Holder"
An inexperienced or poor driver. The Term is meant to be a demoted version of a truck driver because the person is "not worthy" of being called a truck driver.
"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 multi-lane highway.
"Swindle Sheet"
A trucker's log book.
The rear wheels on a trailer.
"Tandem Fodder"
Someone or something (e.g. an animal) of trivial importance obstructing the right-of-way on a roadway to the detriment of their own safety (derived from the term, "Cannon fodder").
"Terrible Flow"
Notoriously unreliable GM V6 Toro Flow diesel engine used in some GM trucks built in the 1960s and 70s.
"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 CBF 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").
"Triple Nickel"
Cummins 555 V8 diesel truck engine.
"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.
See "10-20".
Hi-Low rear axle used in some trucks
"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.[10]
"Window Washer"
Older woman ("Ex-Young Lady") - Could also be a wife.
Mile marker post.
Attractive woman ("Young Lady") - could also be a girlfriend.
"You Ass Eh"
The U.S.A.
Painted dashed line dividing lanes ("He is hogging the zipper").

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard David Ramsey (5 Mar 2004), The People Versus Smokey Bear: Metaphor, Argot, and CBF Radio, The Journal of Popular Culture XIII (2): 338–344 
  2. ^ S Aléong, M Chrétien (1981), Can Smokey the Bear Speak French? Adapting CBF Lingo in Canadian French, American Speech, JSTOR 455122 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Howard Jackson, Etienne Zé Amvela, "CB talk", Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology 
  4. ^ a b - CBF Slang Dictonary
  5. ^ FCC rules regarding CBF radio
  6. ^ "Negatory" on
  7. ^ 'The Truckers Place' Truckers Slang
  8. ^ ACBRO Team Inc 1980 - Advocates For Australian CBF Radio Clubs And Operators
  9. ^ Getting Familiar With CBF Codes, Phrases, and Terminology
  10. ^ Glossary Of Trucking Terms

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