CB’s, Citizens Band radio, has been used by truckers for years to communicate with other drivers.
Safety, warning of impending hazards and boredom are a few of the reasons for this communication.
And, of course, to warn each other of a police presence, in case the driver has a heavy foot.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s, when this language was developed, many trucking movies, including “Smokey and The Bandit” were produced. We learned a lot about trucker’s language from these movies.
ENJOY A FEW BELOW:
SMOKEY – POLICE OFFICER
PAPA BEAR – MALE POLICE OFFICER
MAMA BEAR – FEMALE POLICE OFFICER
BEAR CAVE – POLICE STATION
COUNTY MOUNTIE – COUNTY SHERIFF OR DEPUTY
FOX IN THE HEN HOUSE – UNMARKED POLICE VEHICLE
KOJAK WITH A KODAK – POLICE OFFICE WITH RADAR
FLYING DONUT – POLICE HELICOPTER
FULL GROWN BEAR – STATE POLICE
BEAR WITH EARS – POLICE OFFICER LISTENING ON THE CB AIRWAVES
BEAR BITE – SPEEDING TICKET
CHICKEN COOP – TRUCK WEIGH STATION
BLACK EYE – A HEADLIGHT IS OUT
10-4 – OVER AND OUT
I’m sure there are many more examples, but that’s all I can think of at this moment…
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