Breaker, breaker, one, nine. We challenge you to test your trucker lingo knowledge.
For more than seventy-five years, big rig culture has been immortalized on the big screen and in American music. From 1940's They Drive by Night, with Humphrey Bogart; to 1975's White Line Fever, with Jan Michael Vincent; to the popular 1978 television show B.J. and the Bear, starring Greg Evigan, trucker culture has played an important role. We might even say that the culture became extremely popular due to the success of the 1978 blockbuster, Convoy, starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw, which was inspired by a 1976 country music song of the same name.
Truckers are depicted as rough-and-tumble big guys with a heart. It's hard not to love them. But, let's admit it, we all love that trucker lingo. Truckers face long hauls on the road and could use a little banter to stay alert and connected. Truckers use CB radios to chat, share road conditions, and, of course, make sure everyone knows where those Smokeys are. It's that trucker slang that is so enticing. After all, saying "a police officer operating a radar gun at the 50 mile marker" is nowhere near as fun as saying "Kojack with a Kodak at the 50 yardstick."
Think you can hang with the big boys? Take this trucker slang quiz to find out.