Negatory, good buddy, I have not seen a bear in the air today at all!
Sorry? What did you say? That's just some trucker slang, and believe me when I say that truckers have a slang term for just about everything. Back in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, CB radio was all the rage, and it gave truckers a way to communicate with each other. Truckers developed a special language that still has many people scratching their heads to as the meanings of certain phrases.
But truckers know! And that's all that counts out on the highways of America. Hauling a big rig down the asphalt crossing the United States can be a lonely business. At least thanks to CB-radio, like-minded people could keep each other company, give encouragement, arrange meetup points or organize convoys.
Do you know how CB radios became popular? Well, it was the '70s gas crises that fueled them. With a national speed limit of 55 mph, truckers used CB radios to communicate, point out police speed points and inform each other cheap fuel stops.
But just how much do you know about the life of a trucker, especially their slang? In this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of trucker slang to its fullest. Let's hope you are up to the task! 10-4, good buddy, and good luck!
A trucker having "shutter trouble" is dealing with which problem?
His front window is cracked.
The side window won't open.
His trailer unhooked.
He cannot stay awake.
In trucker slang, the eyes are known as "shutters." When someone is having "shutter trouble," they are having massive problems staying awake and certainly should find a truck stop to rest at… or drink some coffee.
If a trucker asks another how many candles they are burning, what does he want to know?
If they have stopped for the night
Trucker lingo is unique and sometimes reasonably easy to work out. Even if you didn't know what the phrase meant previously, you could pretty much work it out, couldn't you? Yes, "how many candles are you burning?" is a request for your age.
In the world of trucking, what vehicle would a "stage coach" be?
A tour bus
Truckers have words for every kind of vehicle possible. They see so many of them on the road during their travels, having lingo for them all just keeps everything interesting, especially when communicating with each other. And in trucker lingo, a tour bus is a "stage coach."
In trucker CB lingo, the "rubber duck" is the leader of the convoy and the most important person in that convoy. Why? Well, the "rubber duck" dictates the pace (usually above the speed limit). The "rubber duck" also gets to call the stops.
"Driver eastbound on the highway, your truck has a black eye" would refer to?
A stripped tire
A headlight out
Highway patrols can be pretty strict when it comes headlights not working properly. And let's be honest, on a dark night when driving a difficult road, you want to see everything. So get that black eye fixed!
A trucker calling in a "10-200" at a location wants who 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 there easier.
Truckers call a certain stretch of road in the United States "The Dime." What is it?
Interstate Highway 10
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.
A trucker in "convoy" is driving in which of the following ways?
With a police escort
On his lonesome
Under the influence
Together with other vehicles
To break the boredom and loneliness, truckers love to drive in convoy. Not only can they converse over the CB radio, but generally, convoys tend to travel a little faster, which helps to eat up the miles.
Any ideas as to what "double nickel" refers to in trucker slang?
A police car
55 mph speed limit
Speed limits are a trucker's nightmare, and yes, it is imperative that they stick to them. When you are tired and on a long haul, however, you tend to just want to get to your destination a little quicker. A "double nickel" is a speed limit of 55 mph.
"Motor City" is slang for which trucking destination?
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 1950s, the auto industry employed over 250,000 people, and it was called "Motor City" from then on.
Truckers don't have much love for "crotch rockets," that's for sure. What are they?
A muscle car
When truckers talk of "crotch rockets," they are talking of superbikes. These, normally of Japanese origin, are fast, sleek machines and nothing like a Harley or Chopper that truckers have more respect for.
From the options below, what does "paying the water bill" mean?
A bathroom break
A trucker "paying the water bill" has stopped to take a bathroom break! All those coffees and energy drinks can really play havoc with a trucker's bladder, especially when they are pushing to reach their destination.
"I have my nightgown on" means what when a trucker says it?
They are going to a party
They want to sleep
Trucking is a tiring business. The road can really take it out of a person, and truckers know that fatigue kills, so when you hear one say they have their "nightgown on," they are taking time for some shut-eye.
If a trucker is hauling a load to "Music Town," what is their destination?
The home of country music, Nashville certainly fits its nickname of "Music Town." Here is where virtually all country artists come to make their name. Some massive hits were recorded here, including Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel."
"Copy" is an important word in trucking and generally means that someone understands what has been said. For example, a trucker might ask outright "Do you copy?", which means "Do you understand what I have just said?"