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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Traffic Ticket While Being Pulled Over by Police or the DOT.
Got pulled over.
"Sky Bear" / "Spy in the sky" / "Eye in the sky"
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.
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".
A school bus. See also "Swiss Cheese Wagon", "Half Cheese", "Little Cheese".
"Church on Wheels"
a bus belonging to a church
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.
a trailer that resembles a Covered Wagon of the old west, normally used for carrying steel rolls.
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"
"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.
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).
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.")
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.
Name given as an insult to another man implying that person is a homosexual.
Interstate highway, as opposed to smaller highways and city streets.
A semi truck, usually an 18-wheeler, used as the opposite of the term "four-wheeler."
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.
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.
A male prostitute, who may be homosexual.
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.
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.
Smaller pieces of shredded tire usually preceding a larger piece of "gator" or "gator back".
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.)
In the 1970s, this was the stereotypical term for a friend or acquaintance on a CBF radio.
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.
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.
Power amplifier / Linear, used to boost transmission power.
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.
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.
"Hang Around Nellie"
A repulsively obese woman that hangs around truckstops looking for a man.
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.
Illinois bound traffic also known as "Lincoln Bound"
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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"
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.
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.
An animal that has been run over and flattened on the pavement.
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. 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."
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.
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).