How to Talk C.B.

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Even if you own and operate a C.B. radio, you don’t need to use slang that was last used seriously more than 25 years ago. But why not give it a go? You may be driving a Mondeo or a motorhome or you may be an actual lorry driver but, by using the phrases here, you can at least pretend that you’re an integral part of the convoy, cruising coast to coast in a Kenworth – shiny side up and the dirty side down; Catch you on the flip-flop Good Buddy.

After burner... Linear amp

Air bear... Police helicopter

Ankle biter... Young Child

Auntie mary... A.M. Radio

Back... Over(Back to you)

Back at ya... Answering

Back door... Rear CB'er

Back 'em down... Slow down

Barefoot... Legal rig

Basement... Channel 1

Base station... Home based CB'er

Bear... Policeman

Bear cage... Police station

Bear in the air... Police helicopter

Bears wall to wall... Police everywhere

Bear trap... Police radar

Beaver... Woman

Bending the needle... Strong signal

Big ten-four... Yes

Bleed over... Interference from another channel

Blowing my windows out... Strong signal

Bone box... Ambulance

Bone yard... Cemetery

Boots... Linear amp

Breaker... CB'er

Brown bottle... Beer

Busby... G.P.O.

Buck Fuzby... CB Magazine cartoon character

Cancer stick... Cigarette

Catch a few Z's... Sleep

Catch you on the flip-flop... Speak to you on the return trip

Coffee shop... Restaurant

Come back... Answer back

Come on... Answer back

Convoy... Group of CB'ers travelling together

C.Q.... Calling any station

C.W.... Continuous wave

D.B.... Decibel

Dead key... Key mike without speaking

Doughnut... Roundabout

Do you copy?... Can you here me?

Ears on... CB Radio on

Earwig... Listen without talking

Eighty eights... Love and kisses

E.R.P.... Effective radiated power

Eyeball... Meet another CB'er

Five and nine... Good strong signal

Five by five... Strong signal

For sure... Definitely

Four... Yes

Four on that... Yes

Give me a shout... Answer back

Granny lane... Slow lane

Green back... Cash

Green stamps... Cash

Hammer down... Speed up

Handheld... Walkie talkie

Handset... Walkie talkie

Hit the hay... Sleep

Home 20... Home

Kicker... Linear amp

Kojak with a Kodak... Police radar

Little woman... Wife (not quite P.C. no letters please)

L.S.B.... Lower Side Band

Making the trip... Good signal

Mayday... Distress call

Modulate... Talk on CB

Monitor... Listen without talking

Motion lotion... Petrol

Motor mouth... CB'er who talks too much

Negatory... No

One-eyed monster... Television

Over modulation... Talking to close to mike

P.T.T.... Push to talk switch

Put the pedal to the metal.... Speed up

Radio check... Transmission report

Ratchet jaw...CB'er who talks too much

REACT... Radio Emergency Associated Citizen's Team

Rig... CB Radio

Roger D.... Yes

Rubber Duck... Possibly the most famous handle ever

Rug Rats... Kids

Seat cover... Attractive woman

Seventy three's... Good luck

S-meter... Signal meter

Smokey... The police (Jackie Gleeson)

Spliced... Married

S.S.B.... Single side band

Stamping... Talking over another breaker

Super slab... Motorway

S.W.R... Standing wave ratio

Swar... SWR Meter

Ten-Four... Yes,Ok,Roger etc.

U.S.B.... Upper side band

Wall to wall and treetop tall... Good strong signal

What am I pushing you... Signal reading

Wiped out... Over powered by a stronger signal

Wrapper... Car

XYL... Wife

You got a copy on me... Can you here me

ZZZZ's... Sleep time

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