CB Radio Lingo Quiz


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

10-4 Good buddy! I just passed a "Blinkin Winkin" on the "Double Deuce."

CB radio was a massive form of communication back in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's! And not just for truckers, but also for people sitting at home in their garages. A massive community sprung up all over the world, but especially in the United States. And CB-radios gave truckers a chance to stay in communication with each other. A great thing indeed to help with the loneliness of the long roads they had to travel transporting goods up and down the country.

CB radios were so popular that even a first lady had a handle. That's right, Betty Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford had a CB handle. And what was it? First mama! How apt.

And with this form of communication's rise in popularity, a new way of speaking quickly followed. Terms sprung up for all manner of things with many of them reserved for police in every form. Cities received new names, some vehicles were rebranded and even putting in gas became known as putting in "motion lotion."

So in this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of CB-lingo to the fullest!

Do you have what it takes to ace this test, Good Neighbor?

Someone on a CB-radio reporting they are broadcasting from "Music Town" would be living where?

And without a doubt, Nashville is certainly "Music Town." Not only is it home to tons of live music, but it also houses that country institution, the Grand Ole Opry. We wonder if there is a CB-term for that?


In the United States, somebody broadcasting from "Beertown" would live where?

Milwaukee certainly is "Beer Town." In fact, Milwaukee is considered the beer capital of the world. Many immigrants of German origin started beer companies in the city when they moved to the United States. And now it is home to some of the biggest brewers in the world including Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and Blatz. So you can understand why in CB-lingo it is called "Beer Town."


If you were talking about your "ankle-biters" to your CB-radio buddy, what would he think they were?

"Ankle-biters" is certainly a term that has moved into modern vocabulary. The first record use of the term is far older. It was first used in print in 1850 in Harper's magazine.


"Double Deuce" is the name for which highway in the United States?

It's not difficult to see why Highway 22 is called "Double Deuce," is it? But which Highway is it? Well, there are many Highway 22's in the United States, so it does not pertain to a specific one exactly.


"Breaker 1-9" means what in CB-lingo?

CB radio use is courteous. So if you want to start a transmission, you should inform people. Especially on the channel that you plan to use. That's exactly what saying "Breaker 1-9" does.


A trucker might broadcast that he is riding in "convoy." What does that mean?

Truckers like to drive in convoy. Why? Well, it is less lonely. And it means they are probably exceeding the speed limit. A convoy is three or more trucks.


If a trucker mentioned on the CB that he was heading to "Motor City," where is he going?

Without a doubt, Detroit's rich auto history, and the fact that it is still the auto manufacturing capital of the United States today means that it indeed is "Motor City." It is not known exactly when the name came into being but by the 1950's, the auto industry employed over 250,000 people, and it was called "Motor City" then already.


When a trucker mentions a "fender bender," what has he seen?

You certainly don't want to be in any kind of fender bender or have it happen as a result of you not concentrating while talking on your CB radio. It does mean only light damage has occurred, however. Consensus suggests the term originated in the 1960's.


Which location is known as "Shakeytown?"

CB-lingo sure can be humorous! Thanks to the fact that it lies on a massive fault, the San Andreas. and it is known for the occasional tremor, Los Angeles is known as "Shaky Town." The last major earthquake in the region was in 1994.


A "Jabber" in CB-radio speak stands for which of the following?

Anyone using a foreign language is known as a "Jabber" in most cases. They can also be known as a "babble." Although CB radio users might find it frustrating, there is no law in the United States that says English is the only language allowed on the airwaves.


"How many candles are you burning?" is a CB-radio request for a person's ______?

CB-lingo surely is unique. And sometimes reasonably easy to work out. Even if you didn't know that, you could pretty much work it out, couldn't you? Yes, "how many candles are you burning?" is a request for your age.


If someone said they were from "Sin City" in CB-land, where do they live?

A shining oasis in the Nevada desert, Las Vegas" is known to the locals and everyone else as "Sin City." Interestingly, the name dates back all the way to 1906, according to the Vegas Sun newspaper.


What is a "rubber duck?"

No, not the toy! In fact, in trucker CB-lingo, the "rubber duck" is the leader of the convoy. He is the most important person in the convoy. Why? Well, the "rubber duck" dictates the pace (usually above the speed limit). The "rubber duck" also gets to call the stops.


Any ideas what the "You Ass Eh" is a CB-radio user might mention refers to?

Surely American patriots don't use this bit of CB-lingo to describe the United States. In fact, although it probably is meant to be funny, "You Ass Eh" seems a little repulsive.


Someone calling in a "10-200" at a location wants the ______ to attend the scene.

A "10-200" is pretty serious. If someone on a CB-radio (and it is in all probability going to be a trucker) calls this, then the police are needed on scene. The person calling in the "10-200" should also give accurate directions or exact street names to help the law enforcement get their easier.


Truckers called a certain stretch of road in the United States "The Dime." What is it?

Well, you can see the reason why straight away. A dime is 10 cents, and there is the correlation. This highway was completed in 1957 and covers 2,460.34 miles. It is the southernmost cross-country highway in the States.


What U.S. city is known as "Cigar City?"

Well, it's not difficult to see why Miami would be called "Cigar City." People love their cigars here, which is probably from the fact that Miami has a massive Cuban population.


A "potty mouth" is someone who is ________

A "potty" or "toilet mouth" is someone who is using obscenities while chatting on a CB-radio channel. This is very much frowned upon by the community, and they probably will be asked to stop.


What state is the "Bikini State" in CB-lingo?

With the number of rays it gets and beaches like those found in Miami, it's not difficult to see why Florida is the "Bikini State." Just as an example, Miami gets 249 days of sun a year, certainly a reason for bikinis.


Who are "bears"?

In CB-lingo, a "bear" is a policeman. Needless to say, anything associated with a policeman gets the "bear" treatment. A police station is a "bear cave" for example.


If a trucker mentions a "checkpoint charlie," where is stuck?

Truckers reporting a "checkpoint charlie" are waiting to go through a deliberate police checkpoint. This could be a mandatory DUI stop or a roadblock where police might be checking vehicles for illegal guns or narcotics for example.


A vehicle known as a "plain brown wrapper" is what exactly?

That's hilarious! CB-lingo is indeed very colorful but explains everything perfectly. So a "bear in a plain brown wrapper" is a policeman in an unmarked car! How awesome is that!


Let's try some Australian CB-lingo now. Down Under, what is a "flash for cash?"

Well, in theory, it might be an exotic dancer, but in reality, it is something different. Yes, in Australia, a "flash for cash" is a speed camera. Break the speed limit, and a few weeks later you receive a citation in the post with a beautiful picture of your vehicle transgressing the law.


Any vehicle towing an "anchor clanker" is pulling what?

Well, the anchor part is a dead give away. It's just one of the many names that truckers have for a wide variety of vehicles. Of course, "anchor clankers" are more likely seen near the coast than inland. But that goes without saying.


A trucker might report a "cheese wagon" pulled over on the curb that needs help. What vehicle would that be?

Well, it is yellow and looks like a block of cheddar, that's for sure. Did you know that's not the only name a school bus has in CB-lingo? It is also called a "Swiss cheese wagon," while a smaller bus is a "half cheese."


What might a "spy in the sky" be in CB-lingo?

Every form of law enforcement has a CB lingo name. A police helicopter or aircraft is a "spy in the sky." They can be called other names as well, including "astronaut" or "bear in the air."


What is an "Evel Knievel?"

"Evel Knievel" was America's greatest stuntman, always willing to jump anything on a motorbike. Although policemen on motorbikes won't jump the Grand Canyon, the nickname of "Evel Knievel" really fits.


Someone termed an "A&A" is doing what during CB communication?

In all walks of life, people can be idiots. This is true in CB land as well. "A&A's" are so labeled as they go out of their way to cause trouble on air. They are also called "Aggravating Agitators."


If a trucker is referred to as an "Alice in Wonderland," what is the problem?

What an absolute classic term for someone in CB land that has no idea where they are going. Just like Alice in the book "Alice in Wonderland." Luckily, there is always someone around to help point you in the right direction.


Someone referred to a "Crotch-Rocket Cowboy" would be riding what?

Now people in CB-land, especially truckers, like to keep their friends informed. And a "Crotch Rocket Cowboy" is generally frowned upon. Why? Well, truckers don't have a beef with motorcyclists, unless you are driving your sports bike like a jerk. Then you are a "Crotch Rocket Cowboy."


A trucker making a stop for "go-go juice" is _____?

Gas can have many names in the world of trucking! Although "go-go juice" is often used, it is also called "motion lotion" and "pusholine." What truckers don't come up with, hey!


If a trucker had lost his "joke book," what would he be looking for?

Logbooks have many names in trucking. The most popular is "jokebook." They are also called a "lie book" or a "comic book." Losing one is pretty serious as they contain the details of all their hauls.


Who would an "old lady" be in CB-lingo speak?

Yes, your "old lady" would be your wife. It is often abbreviated to O.L. as well. This is certainly not a term that is only used by truckers or in the CB world but outside of it as well.


Don't ever eat "Road Pizza." What is it?

"Road Pizza" is not something you ever want to eat. Yes, it's extremely dead and flat road kill. It is also sometimes called a "tire flattened treat." Seriously, don't eat it!


Most truckers steer clear of "Lot Lizards." What are they?

Truck stops have their dangers, including "Lot Lizards." Essentially this is a prostitute who works a truck stop. They are also called "sleeper leapers" in trucker slang.


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