“During my cross-country interstate expedition last month, I was pretty excited to fire up an old CB radio I’d found amongst a pile of my things before leaving. Finally, I’d be able to make my wildest Smokey and the Bandit/Dukes of Hazzard radio banter fantasies come alive.
There was only one problem: I didn’t know how to speak CB-ese. So when I clicked the mic to call out a shaky, “Breaker, breaker, this is Subie Storm, come on back, good buddy!” my enthusiastic radio check was met with silence. And it wasn’t my rad handle, I can tell you that much.
The reason truckers ignored my pleas for on-air camaraderie is simple. The FCC’s Citizens Band has its own peculiar lingo. If you don’t know what to say, truck drivers will write you off like the appliance operator (novice CB user) you are.”