Trucker Slang and CB Radio Lingo


Trucker’s City Nickname
Amarillo, TXBig A
Boston, MABean-Town
Chicago, ILWindy City
Chattanooga, TNChoo-Choo
New York, NYBig Apple
Charlotte, NCQueen City
Detroit, MIMotor City
Los Angeles, CAShaky-Town
Indianapolis, INIndy 500
Knoxville, TNK-Town
Louisville, KYDerby City
Dallas, TXThe Big D
Nashville, TNGuitar
San Francisco, CAGay Bay
Kansas City, KSBright Lights
Reno, NVSin City
St Louis, MOGateway
Tampa, FLCigar City
San Antonio, TXAlamo City
Birmingham, ALB Town
Milwaukee, WIBeer Town
Durham, NCBull City
Houston, TXThe Dome
Atlanta, GAWatermelon 500
CB Lingo:
CB Lingo Explanation
AlligatorBlown Tire In Road
Alligator RadioCB With “ALL Mouth
and NO Ears”
Ankle BiterSmall Child
Antler AlleyDeer Crossing
Baby BearRookie Cop
Back DoorBehind You
Back Door ClosedRear Of Convoy Covered From Police
Back ’em UpSlow Down
BackslideReturn Trip
Back Off The HammerSlow Down
Back OutDriver Has Finished Talking
BearPolice Officer
BarefootUsing An Unmodified CB
Base StationRadio At A Fixed Location
Bear In The AirPolice In Helicopter
Bear BaitSpeeding Car
Bear CavePolice Station
Bear TrapStationary Police W/Radar
Bean PopperPill Popper
Big RRoadway Express Truck
Bikini StateFlorida
Big Slab OR Big RoadInterstate
Better HalfSignificant Other (Wife)
Blew My Doors OffPassed With Great Speed
Catch Ya On The Flip FlopSee Ya On Return Trip
Full Grown BearHighway Patrol
County MountySheriff
Clean ShotRoad Is Clear Of Police Ahead
City KittyCity Police
Comin In Loud & ProudStrong CB Signal
BulldogMack Truck
Bumper StickerCar Too Close To Bumper
Cash RegisterToll Booth
Chicken CoupWeigh Station
Chicken LightsExtra Lights On A Truck
ComedianCenter Median Strip
Comic BookTrucker’s Log Book
Covered WagonFlatbed Truck With Sides And A Top Cover
Diesel CopDOT
Better HalfSpouse
Big RoadInterstate
Bird DogRadar Detector
Big HoleTop Gear
BobtailDriving Tractor With
NO Trailer Attached
Brake CheckTraffic Is Slowing Ahead,  Possibly To A Stop
Break Need Others To Quit Talking On CB To Ask A Question
Chicken CoupWeigh Station
Crotch RocketMotorcycle
DeadheadDrive An Empty Truck and Trailer To Get A Load Elsewhere
Dispatcher BrainsHauling A Very Light OR Empty Trailer
Dragon FlyA Truck Who “Drags” Up a Hill And “Flies” Down
Double Nickel 55 Miles Per Hour
Dry BoxA Plain Freight Trailer With NO Refrigerator, etc.
Evil KenevilMotorcycle Cop
Flip Flop U-turn OR Return Trip
Four WheelerCar
Freight ShakerFreightliner Truck
Georgia OverdrivePut Into Neutral Going Down A Hill To Increase Speed
Good BuddyNow Used As A Term For A Homosexual
Granny LaneSlow Lane
Greasy Side UpA Car With It’s Wheels In The Air
Ground PressureWeight Of A Truck
Hammer LaneLeft Lane [Fast Lane]
Hammer DownMove Faster
HandleCB Nickname
Home 20Your Home
LandlineWired Telephone
Large CarVery Fast, Nice Truck
Left CoastWest Coast
Motion LotionDiesel
Parking LotA Truck Hauling Cars
Pickle ParkRest Area
Pole CatSkunk
Radio CheckDoes My Radio Work?
Sesame StreetCB Channel 19
Salt ShakerSnow Plow
Shooting You In The BackPolice Who Is Backed Up Out Of Sight Hitting You With Radar Where You Can’t See
Short ShortShort Time
Shake The BushesRun Ahead Of Others To Lure Out The Bears
Stand On ItStand On The Fuel Pedal
Taking PicturesPolice Using Radar
10-36What Is Correct Time
Travel AgentDispatcher
Triple Digit RideTruck That Can
Exceed 100 MPH
Turkey DayThanksgiving
YardTrucking Terminal
Yard StickMile Marker
Wally WorldWal-Mart
Wiggle WagonsDouble OR Triple Trailer Trucks

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  1. Bill Guthrie says

    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.

  2. Cross Country Junkie says

    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.

    • Craig Muir says

      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 !

  3. Jay Houston says

    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…..

    • DOUG says

      Freight shaker doesn’t necessarily mean freight liner, freight shaker who runs alot of freight, as me and my wife did team driving from east to west coast, were were freight shakers.

  4. David says

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

  5. Floyd says

    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.

  6. russ says

    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

  7. Lead Foot says

    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

  8. CarmaCowboy says

    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

  9. says

    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

  10. M K Pegel says

    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.

  11. g mac says

    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.

  12. JR says

    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.

  13. Don says

    “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.

  14. Bandit says

    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

  15. John Donlan (a.k.a. "BigRed") says

    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!

  16. alex says

    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.

  17. Silver Bullet says

    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!”

  18. Denver. aka "Junglecat" says

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

  19. Helen says

    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.

  20. Kelly Ashley says

    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.

  21. Dom45ACP says

    @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.

  22. Brent says

    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

  23. Allen says

    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

  24. Redranger says

    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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