The list below is just about every 'CB'ism you will run across throughtout a variety of conversations, and it'll be helpful to know what they mean. Please keep in mind that if you jump on the air with a sentence full of slang words and phrases below you'll sound like an idiot.
- Listen well before you speak, many parts of the country differ on their protocols and terminology.
- Always be polite.
- Minimize the slang when you talk to someone on the radio, use it like you would a telephone with one added restraint - don't use profanity.
ACE Important CB'er
Apple A CB addict
AF Audio Frequency
After Burner Linear Amp
Alamo city San Antonio, TX
ALERT Affiliated League of Emergency Radio Teams
All the good numbers Best wishes.
Alligator Tread from the tire of an 18 wheeler on the road.
Alligator Station, n All mouth and no ears. A person who likes to hear himself.
ANL Automatic noise limiter.
Ankle biter Small child or annoying teenager.
Antenna Farm Base station with many antennas strung up in the air
Antler Alley Deer crossing
Appliance Operator Non technical person who knows how to turn the rig on, and that's about it.
Ancient Mariner -AM someone who uses AM
Astrodome City Houston, TX
Aardvark,n. a Kenworth T-600 (also known as an anteater).
B Town Birmingham, AL
Baby Bear Cop in training, or rookie
Back door behind you or to the rear ("you got a bear about a mile back on your back door")
Back out I have finished talking and will now unkey. ("this is [name] and I'm back out")
Back quiet I have finished my transmission and you may proceed when ready.
Back door closed Rear of convoy covered for police.
Back'em up Slow down
Backslide Return trip
Bad scene A crowded channel
Ballet Dance A antenna that really sways
Bear generic term for a law enforcement officer.
- full blown bear,state trooper
- countie mountie, sheriff's deputy
- city kitty,city police
- diesel cop/D.O.T. man, D.M.V. enforcement (these guys pull four wheelers too!)
Bearfoot Using an unmodified CB transmitter
Bar city Forrest City, AK
Base Station Radio installed at a fixed location, house, etc.
Bay City San Francisco, CA
Beast A CB rig
Beam Directional Antenna
Be Bop Radio control signals
Bean House Bull Trucker talk exchanged at truck stops, eyeball-to-eyeball.
Bean Bopper Pillhead
Bean Town Boston, MA
Bear Bait Speeding car
Bear Cage Police station or jail
Bear Cave Police station or barracks
Bear Trap Stationary police vehicle with radar
Beat the bushes To drive ahead of the others and try to lure out the police
Beaver Bait Money
Beaver Bear Female Cop
Beaver Fever A CBer who misses his girlfriend or wife
Beaver Palace Niteclub, Singles bar
Beaver Patrol On the hunt for a women
Beaver Trap Sharp looking rig with custom interior
Beer Bust Party
Beer Tone An intermittent tone signal
Beer City Milwaukee
Benton Harbor Lunch Box HealthKit CB-1
Big A Amarillo, TX
Big Charlie FCC
Big Daddy The FCC
Big D Dallas, TX
Big M Memphis, TN
Big Mack Mack Truck
Big Mama 9 foot whip antenna.
Big R Trucks running for Roadway Freight
Big Rig could mean "18 Wheeler" or "Fancy, expensive radio"
Big Slab Expressway / Freeway
Big T Tucson, AZ
Bikini State Florida
Big road a major highway (I40,I85,I95, etc.)
Big Truck, n. an 18 wheeler. More specifically, a long nose - cab over - all dudded up diesel truck.
Bit on the seat of the britches Got tagged for a speeding ticket.
Black'n White Cop
Black'n White CBer Cop with CB in his car
Bleeding/Bleedover Strong signals from a station on another channel, interfering with your reception.
Blessed Event A new CB rig
Blew my doors off Pass by me with great speed, sometimes referenced to loud or strong signal.
Bird Dog a radar detector
BobTail a cab with no trailer attached.
Break/Breaker request to use a busy channel (i.e."break 19 for a radio check")
Blowing Smoke Loud signal
Blue Slip Ticket
Boast Toastie A CB expert
Boat Anchor Either an old tube rig or radio that is unrepairable.
Bootlegger Running illegal station
Boy Scouts The State Police
Box Tractor Trailer or Linear Amplifier
Bring it back Answer back
Bring yourself on it request to move into the right lane.
Brown paper bag Unmarked Police car
Brush your teeth and comb your hair Radar trap ahead.
BTO Big Time Operator
Bubble gum machine Flashing lights on top of car.
Bucket Mouth Loud mouth, or someone who uses a lot of profanity.
Bucket of bolts Eighteen wheeler.
Buckeye State Ohio
Bug Out To leave a channel
Bumper Lane Passing lane
Button Pusher Another CBer who is trying to breakup your communication with another station by keying his microphone, playing sounds, etc.
Bubba a not-so-formal version of good neighbor
Bull city, n. Durham, NC
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