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
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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