Trucker Slang and CB Radio Lingo

    Trucker’s City Nickname
    Amarillo, TX Big A
    Boston, MA Bean-Town
    Chicago, IL Windy City
    Chattanooga, TN Choo-Choo
    New York, NY Big Apple
    Charlotte, NC Queen City
    Detroit, MI Motor City
    Los Angeles, CA Shaky-Town
    Indianapolis, IN Indy 500
    Knoxville, TN K-Town
    Louisville, KY Derby City
    Dallas, TX The Big D
    Nashville, TN Guitar
    San Francisco, CA Gay Bay
    Kansas City, KS Bright Lights
    Reno, NV Sin City
    St Louis, MO Gateway
    Tampa, FL Cigar City
    San Antonio, TX Alamo City
    Birmingham, AL B Town
    Milwaukee, WI Beer Town
    Durham, NC Bull City
    Houston, TX The Dome
    Atlanta, GA Watermelon 500
    CB Lingo:
    CB Lingo Explanation
    Alligator Blown Tire In Road
    Alligator Radio CB With “ALL Mouth
    and NO Ears”
    Ankle Biter Small Child
    Antler Alley Deer Crossing
    Baby Bear Rookie Cop
    Back Door Behind You
    Back Door Closed Rear Of Convoy Covered From Police
    Back ‘em Up Slow Down
    Backslide Return Trip
    Back Off The Hammer Slow Down
    Back Out Driver Has Finished Talking
    Bear Police Officer
    Barefoot Using An Unmodified CB
    Base Station Radio At A Fixed Location
    Bear In The Air Police In Helicopter
    Bear Bait Speeding Car
    Bear Cave Police Station
    Bear Trap Stationary Police W/Radar
    Beaver Female
    Bean Popper Pill Popper
    Big R Roadway Express Truck
    Bikini State Florida
    Big Slab OR Big Road Interstate
    Better Half Significant Other (Wife)
    Blew My Doors Off Passed With Great Speed
    Catch Ya On The Flip Flop See Ya On Return Trip
    Full Grown Bear Highway Patrol
    County Mounty Sheriff
    Clean Shot Road Is Clear Of Police Ahead
    City Kitty City Police
    Comin In Loud & Proud Strong CB Signal
    Bulldog Mack Truck
    Bumper Sticker Car Too Close To Bumper
    Cash Register Toll Booth
    Chicken Coup Weigh Station
    Chicken Lights Extra Lights On A Truck
    Comedian Center Median Strip
    Comic Book Trucker’s Log Book
    Covered Wagon Flatbed Truck With Sides And A Top Cover
    Diesel Cop DOT
    Better Half Spouse
    Big Road Interstate
    Bird Dog Radar Detector
    Big Hole Top Gear
    Bobtail Driving Tractor With
    NO Trailer Attached
    Brake Check Traffic Is Slowing Ahead,  Possibly To A Stop
    Break Need Others To Quit Talking On CB To Ask A Question
    Chicken Coup Weigh Station
    Crotch Rocket Motorcycle
    Deadhead Drive An Empty Truck and Trailer To Get A Load Elsewhere
    Dispatcher Brains Hauling A Very Light OR Empty Trailer
    Dragon Fly A Truck Who “Drags” Up a Hill And “Flies” Down
    Double Nickel 55 Miles Per Hour
    Dry Box A Plain Freight Trailer With NO Refrigerator, etc.
    Evil Kenevil Motorcycle Cop
    Flip Flop U-turn OR Return Trip
    Four Wheeler Car
    Freight Shaker Freightliner Truck
    Georgia Overdrive Put Into Neutral Going Down A Hill To Increase Speed
    Good Buddy Now Used As A Term For A Homosexual
    Granny Lane Slow Lane
    Greasy Side Up A Car With It’s Wheels In The Air
    Ground Pressure Weight Of A Truck
    Hammer Lane Left Lane [Fast Lane]
    Hammer Down Move Faster
    Hand Driver
    Handle CB Nickname
    Home 20 Your Home
    Landline Wired Telephone
    Large Car Very Fast, Nice Truck
    Left Coast West Coast
    Meat-wagon Ambulance
    Motion Lotion Diesel
    Parking Lot A Truck Hauling Cars
    Pickle Park Rest Area
    Pole Cat Skunk
    Radio Check Does My Radio Work?
    Sesame Street CB Channel 19
    Salt Shaker Snow Plow
    Shooting You In The Back Police Who Is Backed Up Out Of Sight Hitting You With Radar Where You Can’t See
    Short Short Short Time
    Shake The Bushes Run Ahead Of Others To Lure Out The Bears
    Stand On It Stand On The Fuel Pedal
    Taking Pictures Police Using Radar
    10-4 OK/Copy
    10-33 Emergency
    10-20 Location
    10-36 What Is Correct Time
    Travel Agent Dispatcher
    Triple Digit Ride Truck That Can
    Exceed 100 MPH
    Turkey Day Thanksgiving
    Yard Trucking Terminal
    Yard Stick Mile Marker
    Wally World Wal-Mart
    Wiggle Wagons Double OR Triple Trailer Trucks

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    Bill Guthrie October 25, 2009 at 9:36 am

    They left out 10-100 for bathroom break
    and pumpkin for Schneider truck
    Aw shoot, the truckers don’t use the CB anymore anyway. They have GPS for directions and cell phones for communication. High tech rednecks.
    Don’t get me wrong, I drove them things for 23 years and wouldn’t trade any of them for home time.


    Branden December 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Gillette, WY


    Cross Country Junkie December 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Some of us still use cbs, I wouldn’t run without one. It’s my best friend besides diesel smoke… At 24 I keep the trucker tradition alive… The way trucking used to be. Courteous, helping out others, picking up thumbers, and cb jabbing. My comic books are always funny, and I roll my hills in Georgia overdrive. I was taught to drive this way. I can only hope maybe we can get things back the way they were long before I was a twinkle in my daddys eye. Keep the dream alive.


    a former January 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    great attitude. i left it, i loved it, but i wont go back. be safe driver


    Craig Muir January 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I agree with you good buddy, im trying to do the same over here in the UK. Im thinkin about moving to the USA as automatic gearboxes are taking over and it aint good atall, automatics are for sissys! Keep her lit good buddy ,Over and out !


    Ryan Art February 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Michigan is called the mitten state,North if the Buckeye State….


    Jay Houston February 24, 2010 at 1:44 am

    SEAT COVER – Female passenger
    CONESTOGA – Flatbed trailer with ribs and soft top
    GREASY STUFF – Snow or Ice
    LOT LIZARD – Truck stop hooker
    THROW SOME ROPE – Secure a flatbed load
    ZIPPER – The broken highway center line (Oversize lingo)
    TOPPED IT – Hit an overhead object with truck, trailer or load
    KEEP THE LEFT DOOR CLOSED – Get to work!
    NORTH BOUND IN THE SOUTH BOUND! – Wrong way driver
    THE HOOK – Flying J truck stop
    And finally… THERE’S A DROP-TOP IN THE HAMMER LANE WITH A SEATCOVER HEADING FOR THE OWL – Convertible car in the fast lane with female passenger with hooters…..


    Ryan Art March 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Those are awsome I got to get back on the road!!! I’ll spread the word..


    Bob February 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    “Freightshaker” – freightliner


    David March 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    “skateboard” flatbed without anything on it.
    “washer” truck with drink logo on it (ie.. cola, beer, etc….)


    Ryan Art March 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    michigan is called the mitten State….


    Floyd March 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

    For those of us in or from the midwest where there are an abundance of cattle:

    Bullrack / Cattlewagon: Trailer built to haul livestock
    Salad Bar: Stockyards
    Fat Ladies: Cows Headed to Stockyard to fatten up before going to slaughter.


    Bisquick March 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    suicide jockey- driver hauling gas or dynamite


    Vernon "Beanpole" Petty March 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Loved all the entries, I have heard the Mississippi River is called the Big Ditch. Be Safe


    russ March 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Care bear: construction cop
    Petercar: peterbilt
    K Whop\ K Dub: Kenworth
    Kitty cat: caterpillar motor
    Polar bear: unmarked white cop car
    Cb rambo: all talk, no show
    Rocking chair\ cradle: two truckers who let you slide in between them on the highway…one in front of ya and one behind.
    Driving by braille…..using the bump strip to guide you.
    Fog line: solid white line on the highways.
    Hook truck: tow truck with a sling.
    Mexas: Texas (self explanatory)
    Utardians: bad Utah drivers
    New sneakers: new tires\ treads

    18 wheels connected and always rolling forward 10.4?

    Happy trails drivers!! Catch ya on the flip side


    Lead Foot April 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

    hah thanks guys im goin on a roadtrip and needed to kknow the lingo this site is great.

    And dont forget this one… COFFIN DODGER= Old Person Driving Too Slow


    Gardeen April 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    A load of beaver biscuits is a truck hauling wood chips up here in the great white north


    CarmaCowboy May 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    These are some good one’s thats for sure..hoe about
    Pickle park (rest area)
    and lets not forget the
    Sugar bear ( Lady cop )
    and I heard a good one about why 4-wheelers drive like morons.
    They are less afraid of dying then we are of loosing our jobs..
    8’s and 6’s and all the good numbers to ya.. keep it between the ditches and be safe driver
    I’m gone


    Dewey Hart June 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Crotch rocket = Sports motorcycle
    Kitty Whopper = Kenworth
    13 Letter S**t Spreader = International truck
    Radio Rambo = All mouth and disapears when you get close
    Front Door = Riding your direction but farther ahead of you
    Bucket Truck = Dump truck
    Coal Bucket/Car/Box = Truck with dump trailer
    “Here Kitty Kitty” spoken as if you were actually calling a cat = Where are the ladies/female truck drivers
    Crayon = Vehicle
    Broken crayon = vehicle in an accident
    Coloring book = the road or highway (referring to staying between the white and yellow “lines”)
    Yahoo = Idiot doing stupid things on the road (cutting people off, swerving, etc.) and on the CB (usually stereotyping people from midwestern states)
    Zipper lane = The lane were two roads merge
    Split = Where two routes break away from each other in different directions
    Chicken truck = Junky truck, truck with lots of lights/stickers/pictures, truck hauling chickens
    Lunch Box = Box truck with refrigeration unit
    The house = Home
    Dog box = insulated/padded (not very well) engine cover in cabover trucks, bunks, sleepers
    Dog house = In trouble with wife
    The Mrs. = Usually the wife of older drivers or the wife that wear the pants.
    Eye ball = Head light
    Blinker fluid = Turn signals (usually refering to the lack of or non-use of signals)
    Confusion lights = Emergency flashers ( usually referring to a four wheeler on the side of road with a map not knowing which way they’re going)
    Back em up = written at top should be Back em down = slow down slow speed of heavy traffic or stop ahead
    How about ya (example: west bound) = Does anyone have thier radio on I’m looking for some information
    Break down lane = Shoulder lane
    Get off ramp/lane = exit ramp
    get off = exit
    get on = merge lane onto a highway
    little road = secondary road usually single lane
    single stack trash mack with a window in the back = Mack truck day cab (usually worn out and dirty)
    SWIFT = Sure Wish I had a Fast Truck
    Mash on your motor = Speed up the road is clear up to where I am , hurry up I’m not waiting all day for you
    Vulva = Referring to a driver as being a sissy because he drives a Volvo tractor
    Covered wagon = Flatbed with tarps on, flatbed with side kit and full tarp pulled across
    Hot load = A long way to go and a short time to get there
    Banana wagon = Bright yellow truck
    Bagle = Bagle a food that most office jockeys eat, dispatcher
    Ice skate = Truck from Canada
    donut = donut, food of choice for bears on break
    I’ve been on the road to long


    txcowmobeeler December 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I don’t recall the road being the coloring book, it was always in reference to the log book.


    M K Pegel June 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Young WF rides cradle west out of Houston to SA.
    Bored by the ride, pulling out of cradle, Front Trucker taps brakes, Back Trucker hits lights; WF returns to cradle.
    Second attempt, bored to the gourd, WF started to pull out of cradle; Truckers repeat the signals..
    Third attempt, WF pulls out of cradle, hits the pedal to the medal reaching the front bumper of Front Trucker. No wonder, these guys aren’t p….g in the wind, there’s a State Patrol car sitting on the First Truckers’ bumper. Laughing, the WF brakes and returns to the cradle; it’s a soft easy ride to San Antonio. True Story.


    Possumlikker June 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

    How ’bout “Local Yokel” for city cops.


    jeremy June 21, 2010 at 1:23 am

    choke and puke: place to eat


    Thickness July 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Another word for a small town police officer is a “local pocal”


    sapper July 6, 2010 at 6:59 am

    bear in a plain *color* wrapper = unmarked cop in a certant color car


    g mac July 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    It’s good to see the lingo hasn’t changed much. My 1986 Lincoln Mark VI had a built in CB. This was way cool as I was doing a lot of cross-country trips at the time. I also had a CB in my Bronco at the time.

    I remember running with a triple digit ride across Nevada at 0200, averaging 110-120 the whole way; we chatted most of the way and luckily never ran across a trooper. I finally ran out of gas; he didn’t.


    freebird July 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    zipper- white dotted center line.


    Teeth August 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

    you forgot:
    SWINDLE SHEETS = truckers log


    rattlesnake uvalde,tx August 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Y’all 4got disco lights meanin cops lights flashin


    JR August 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I drive a lot between BC and Alberta in my Dodge 2500. No not a big truck I know. I love and appreciate the way the old time truckers know exactly what they are doing on the road. Respectful, law abiding, let you in, etc! I respect them old boys as they respect me! I also love how some of the trucks look. They really take care of them not like some of the new different drivers.


    RS August 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    One of my favs:

    Kojak with a Kodak: Cop with a radar


    jeremy August 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    another one for an ambulance is the bandaid box


    Don August 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    “Brush your hair and comb your teeth, a smokey is taking pictures at the 121″ — Slow down and watch out their is a radar trap at the 121 mile maker”

    “How about an eastbound 94″ Is there any east bound traffic going on I-94 (said from a west bound 94 truck looking for information)

    “How’s it look over your shoulder” Any reports of a police car behind you? (said by on coming traffic)

    “How about a smokey report” Any reports of a police car behind you? (said by on coming traffic)

    “It’s clean and green back to the circle city” The road is without any spotted police cars back to Indianapolis.


    Wes August 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    What does “I’ve got my 10 in the wind” mean?


    Drock March 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Probably means I’ve got my 10 speed and running wide open


    QHDude August 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    what does “stack them 8’s” and “10-7″ mean?


    slim November 4, 2010 at 1:37 am

    is like good to ya , stay safe , dont get cought , kinda like goodbys


    jersey jammer September 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Black eye = headlight out


    Bandit September 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    City~Kitty – City Cop
    County~Mounty – County Cop
    Papa Bear – State Trooper
    Peter~Car – Peterbilt
    Freight~Shaker – Freightliner
    Skate~Board – Flat~Bed Trailer
    Step~Deck – Trailer With The Front Higher Than The Rest
    Low~Boy – Equipment Trailer
    Lunch~Box – Reefer Trailer
    Dry~Box – Dry/Box Trailer
    Chicken~Coop – Weigh Station
    Hot~Box – Fire Truck Running Code
    Meat~Wagon – Ambulance Running Code
    “Bear~In~The~Air” – Helicopter Cop
    “Wide~Open” – Chicken Coops Are Open
    “Aint Nobody Home” – Chicken Coops Are Closed
    Pickle~Park – Rest Area ~ Or ~ Truck Pull Off
    The Hook – Flying J Travel Centers
    Ice~Skatin’ – Drivin’ On Ice & Snow
    Disco Lights – Emergency Vehicle Displaying Lights
    Back~Her~Down – Slow Or Stopped Traffic Immediately Ahead Of You Or Who Your Talking To
    Hammer~Down – Coast Is Clear For Some Speed
    Granny~Lane – The Slow Lane
    Hammer~Lane – The Fast Lane
    Zipper – The Dotted Lines Between Lanes
    Reading Brail – Riding The Rumble~Strip During Bad Weather
    Swindle Sheets – Paper Log Book Sheets
    Tattle~Tale Box – Quallcomm


    Mr. Twister September 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Forgot the Tail n Hunter— means In Need of a rest stop


    John Donlan (a.k.a. "BigRed") October 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Truck drivers are some of the nicest people in the world. When you’re lost, they help you find your way. When you’re broke down, they call in the help for you. When there’s an accident, and no one’s around, it’s a trucker who’ll stop to help. When you’re hitchin’, a trucker provides a ride.

    For the most part, truckers are courteous and careful. They watch out for each other, and they help the ‘little guy’ out too. Whenever I give way to a trucker they always blink their tail lights to say “Thanks buddy!” I thank God for truckers, and I hope to be always in their company on the road! They’re good folks!


    alex November 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I agree with “BigRed” Truck drivers are some of the nicest people in the world. I was hitchin’ with my son and they were very good to me. It’s always good to hear someone say that truckers are ‘good people.’ I wish more people would think that way.


    Kalbury December 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    @Wes All ten gears going.


    Kalbury December 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    “The Eye” Wheeling, WV


    Silver Bullet June 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I have loved CB radio since I was 15 years old! I got started in the hobby in 1974 when you still had to have an FCC license “KGX-8238″ I have seen many changes on the CB band since then, When I got started in CB people were very respectful and using bad language was frowned upon, and then the CB craze of the mid 70’s began! It was AWESOME!! it was truly one of the best times of my life, I made a lot of good friends that I still have today! I loved the huge “Coffey Breaks” (A huge meeting of fellow CB’ers at a restaurant) It was truly a great social event that stared people talking to each other as never before! It was the original Facebook or MySpace long before the internet! It also for the first time gave the public a new understanding of the hard working truck drives of America! and the challenges they face everyday, Also movies like “Smokey and the bandit” and songs like “Convoy” pushed the CB craze over the top! I only hope future generations will someday rediscover how much fun CB radio is! By comparison today’s methods of social networking over the internet is huge! but texting, chat-rooms and Facebook all lack the fun excitement of CB radio that we all experienced!
    So if your an old CB’er from way back, or new to CB radio, go to a garage sale and pick up a radio for $10.00 and get on the air!! It’s not as huge as it once was, but the people who are still on the air that keep the hobby alive are for the most part great people! Pick up the mic and meet a few of them!!! “You wont be disappointed!”


    Denver. aka "Junglecat" June 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    G-Vegas – greenville, sc
    just got a new cb. its a simple midland 1001z but i love it already!


    Helen July 17, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I heard a couple of things that I can’t seem to find on the net. “Driving dead in the kitchen” and “driving in the cradle” Like to understand these.


    Kelly Ashley July 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    SAIL BOAT FUEL…. Running Empty
    COMIC BOOK…….. Log Book
    DOIN THE DEAL…… Speed Limit
    PARKIN LOT…………Car Hauler
    F@$%ING MORONS………Swift Drivers
    TRUCK MASTER………….Brand New CDL Graduates

    There are really way too many to even mention. As A 20 year vet I’ve seen and heard alot of crap on the radio. I still enjoy listening to it and from time to time participating in the jibberish on it. Every time I turn it on it seens as if its the same ol crap that these young new drivers are whining about or “know everything about” but occasionally I will hear an old timer still out here living his dream or stuck in his own nightmare but either way its fun to listen to them. As I said before, after 20 years I still learn a few things from these old guys and I appreciate them and the traditions they have created. If you’re young and think you know it all, just shut yer pie hole a minute and let the old guys teach you a thing or three. It will be a valuable lesson if you listen carefully and just take it with a grain of salt.


    doglips July 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Greasy Spoon – a diner


    Dom45ACP July 19, 2011 at 6:19 am

    @wes (&kalbury) I think you’re mishearing “tin in the wind” (i.e. Jerry Reed, “Westbound/Eastbound and Down.”) You’re on the way, your truck (all of its metal) is going down the road.


    Brent July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    The bridge- george washington bridge
    The corkscrew- ramp from major deegan i87 to the cross bronx i95
    Merry-go-round- scale at the 95-495 split in md
    Hugging the steering wheel- nervous driver, usually in the northeast for the first time
    Lie book- log book


    Allen September 3, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Hole in the wall = Tunnel
    Corn Binder or 13 Letter Sh1t Spreader = International truck
    Jimmy = GMC truck
    air ride = suspension on the truck or on the seats
    Box seat = non air ride seat
    Condo = truck with double bunk over and under beds
    day cab = truck that is short haul without a sleeper berth
    container = a trailer that detaches from the frame and can be transported by rail
    Pig Pen = hog trailer
    Thermo King = Refrigeration unit on a trailer
    Thick as bugs on a bumper = a lot
    Needing to squirt the dirt = needing a break to urinate
    Party Row = Back row of truck stop
    OK city = Oklahoma City
    Loop = Bypass around major cities
    Recreational Reptile/ Lot Lizard = hooker
    100 MPH pencil = used by dispatcher who schedules loads faster than the truck can deliver
    Cop Shop = Police headquarters
    Shaky Town = Los Angeles
    Cloverleaf = Intersection between 2 major highways
    Pigtail = Electrical connection between truck and trailer
    Recap = Tire that has had tread replaced
    Check my eyelids for cracks = Going to sleep
    Giving my pillow some head = Sleeping
    Clown Car = Load of day laborers carpooling


    Bama September 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Yardstick – mile marker
    20 – location
    Portable parking lot – car transport
    Malfunction junction – Knoxville, TN


    Lori Tootles October 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

    “Piggy-back” – One truck hauling another, minus the trailer (s).


    Billygoat October 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Ballet Slipper = convertible compact car


    Redranger October 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Didn’t hear “Roach Coach” in there anywhere (insulated jobsite food truck)
    Or Jumpy Juice (coffee)
    Waterin’ hole (bar)
    Makin sparks, bumper grinder (overweight)
    Road train (truck hauling 2+ tandem trailers)
    Pencil pusher (logging truck)
    masshole (idiot driver from MA or RI)
    Before winter (fall/autumn)
    Winter (winter)
    After winter (spring)
    Road work (summer)


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