"Overused CB Slang"                    


Most of the people who got into CB radio during the "Fad days" of the later 1970's, were already somewhat acquainted with the service through media exposure in the form of movies like Smokey and the Bandit. When CB radio was portrayed in those movies, they usually depicted CB operators continually spouting off with all sorts of strange slang terms, most of which were created by truck drivers (and for truck drivers). The problem with this was that these newcomers to CB radio would come on and start using this "trucker lingo", in the hope that they would look like "cool", hip operators.  What they didn't know was that normal people didn't talk that way, and these newcomers would stand out like sore thumbs, and were usually greeted with receptions which were less than enthusiastic. The following are terms which, if used frequently, were a sure fired way to earn the operator a place on the idiot list.

"Beaver" -- A slang term for a female. I'm hardly a card carrying feminist, but knowing the roots of this term, I found it degrading. How any "good buddy" looking for a "beaver" could actually expect a civil response, is beyond comprehension.

"Ears" --  A term meaning "receiver", as in; "Have you got your ears on".  But overuse of this term soon lead the regulars on the channel to respond with such snarky replies as "He'd look awfully funny without them".

"Good Buddy" -- Once a term which denoted a good radio friend, the overuse of this term soon earned it the exact opposite meaning. In later days, the definition of the term "good buddy" would range anywhere from a radio clown, to a homosexual. 

"Pounds" -- I guess it's hard for most non-technical people to grasp the concepts of signal ("S") units on a radio's meter.  So in a frustrated attempt to make sense of it all, some "bright" individual started referring to "S" units as "pounds" (Hey, they are both units of measure right?).  Since most of the long time regulars were much better versed in radio-eze, anyone using the term "pounds" for signal was immediately labeled as a newbie. Anyone asking; "How many pounds am I throwing you?", would be met with responses such as; "You're getting a bit heavy, maybe you should go on a diet." Or; "Wait a minute and let me put my radio on a scale first".

"Radio Check" -- It seemed that for a time (especially right after Christmas) a flurry of new people would flood the channels, and lacking anything interesting to say, they would roam the channels and break in incessantly asking for radio checks. The regulars soon tired of this, and would respond to these requests for radio checks with: "I've got mine" (Which everyone else would also chime in with as well). Or; "Send me your radio and I'll send you a check".

"Time Check (or 10-36)" -- Like the radio check, this was also a commonly overused request by newcomers who just couldn't figure out how to break the ice and make decent conversation with the regulars. The typical response to this request was usually "What, you can afford a radio, but not a watch?". If someone would come on and ask "Does anyone have the time?", this opened up another avenue to play dual meaning fun. If the person was male, the response would be: "Sorry, but I'm not your type". If the person was female, it went something like: "Sure, tell me where you are, and I'll be right over".

"What's your handle?" -- This was a pretty innocuous request and most CB'ers are used to this.  But during the Channel 13 days, the regulars had all abandoned the use of handles, and went by first names.  So someone asking : "What's your handle", would usually hear; "I don't have one, the screws came out and it fell off".

"Who am I looking at?" -- This means, of course, who am I talking to (Why they never would just say that, is a mystery I still can't quite fathom). When someone would ask this, a variety of smart-assed replies were usually the result, including: "I don't know, who are you looking at?". Or; "I would think you're looking at your radio". When they would invariably come back with a more correct "Who am I talking to", by that time we had already written them off as an idiot, and would respond with: "Your microphone?"