Quiz: How Many of These Trucker Slang Words Do You Know?
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How Many of These Trucker Slang Words Do You Know?
By: Deborah Beckwin
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About This Quiz

Roger that, 10-4.

You may be surprised by all the trucker slang you already know, like that phrase above, which means, "Yes, message received."

To keep in touch with each other and to alert others of road hazards (and the police), truckers use Citizens Band (CB) radio. CB radio was invented by Al Goss in 1945. Back then, it was mainly used by laborers like carpenters and plumbers, or by small businesses. Then in 1960, it became more affordable for anyone to own. CB radio use rose in popularity in the 1960s with close to 500,000 licensed CB users by 1963. Then it skyrocketed into wide use in the 1970s.

What really sparked a huge surge in CB radio use was during the 1973 energy crisis. To help with gas conservation, the U.S. federal government had implemented a 55 mph speed limit on the nation's highways. With CB radios, truckers could give each other a heads up about gas stations and if there were any smokey bears (police) prowling around as they had to still make their destinations on time.

Beyond alerting fellow truckers, CB radios were a way to be less lonely on the road and to pass the time on what can be some monotonous driving on the interstate. 

And even though we're now in the age smartphones and using apps like Waze and Trucker Tools to alert other drivers about accidents and cops, many truckers still use CB radios.

So let's stand on it and get this quiz going. Have fun and all the good numbers!

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Sharing space on the road and the CB radio waves can be tricky sometimes. What is "sandbagging"?
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If you're a trucker, you may use this phrase to end a conversation: "all the good numbers". Do you know what that means?
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If you're driving a truck, you may see some weird things out on the road. What's an "alligator" mean to truckers?
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If a fellow trucker tells you to "stand on it," what should you do?
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In your truck, you're cruising down the "boulevard"--where are you?
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If you hear on your CB a warning about "destruction," what is actually happening?
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Congratulations! You just got a "driving award"! So what did actually you get?
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As you're driving by, you see a truck that is "greasy side up." What are you looking at?
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This is one type of thing on the road that you don't want to ever get near. What is a "willy weaver"?
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Now you may have your own term for this type of vehicle. Do you know what a "pregnant roller skate" is?
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If you're driving and are going "through the woods," where are you going?
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This trucker slang word is from when CB radios became very popular (back in the 1970s). What is a "double nickel"?
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Sometime we share the roads with motorists who aren't the safest. Who do truckers call an "organ donor"?
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If you're "paying the water bill," what are you doing?
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If you hear someone tell you on the CB that you have a "bucket mouth," what are they saying?
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So if you're driving and you hit "jackpot," what really happened?
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As you probably can guess, trucker slang rarely is literal. So do you think the "credit card machine" is?
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Truckers always have to be on the lookout for hazards and for cops. What is a "spy in the sky"?
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Truckers share the road with different kinds of motorists and vehicles. So what is a "salt shaker"?
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This may sound strange, but this is pretty common. You see some "Schneider eggs" on the road. What are you seeing?
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If you're driving and have "shutter trouble," what's wrong?
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Driving safety is a major issue for truckers. So what does "shiny side up" mean?
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You can find some things on the road that are definitely out of place. What is a "road pizza"?
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You can honestly never have too many of these. What are "green stamps"?
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This is a trucker's domain. What is the "concrete jungle"?
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For truckers,"Bubba" is a specific kind of person. Do you know who "Bubba" is?
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If you're going down "95th Street," where are you driving?
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You may think this is from the wild, wild west, but this really is a modern vehicle: What is a "stagecoach"?
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