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A Dictionary of Automobile Terms 1913 dictionary by The Horseless Age
English-French and French-English Dictionary of the Motor Car, Cycle, and Boat 1915 book
Automobile Nomenclature 1916 book of terminology by the Society of Automobile Engineers

Other Definition Resources: Articles
A Motor Car Lexicon. [Humor] Source: Tulsa Daily World, 25 April 1915
"PLEASURE CAR" AND "AUTO GAME" ARE BARRED BY AUTOMOBILE MEN Great Falls Daily Tribune, 11 January 1920
Hot Rod Lingo Source: Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
Learn to Speak Auto Designers’ Lingo Source: Anthony Fontanelle 2007

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This Dictionary is a collection of general automotive terms that are not specific enough to have a topic page created for them.  Not only are there current definitions, but also terms and definitions that have fallen out of usage presented here for historical perspective.

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4-10  A reversal of the ten code "10-4", when asking if someone agrees with something said, or to ask if one's transmission was received. ("That was a nasty wreck. Four-ten?") (American CB Radio Slang)

A&A  (-politely- Aggravating Agitator): A CB user whose main purpose in life is to stir trouble and cause problems, usually under the influence of alcohol, and/or drugs. (American CB Radio Slang)

A-Bone  A hot rod built from a Ford Model A frame. (American English)

adjustable foot  Part of detachable base that raises or lowers to allow a rear-facing car seat to be installed at the correct recline angle. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

advanced technology vehicle (ATV)  A vehicle that combines new engine/power/drivetrain systems to significantly improve fuel economy. This includes hybrid power systems and fuel cells, as well as some specialized electric vehicles. (English) Source: USDOE 2012

advertising  A police car with its lights on. See "Blue Light Special." (American CB Radio Slang)

African Violet  An African-American truck stop prostitute. (American CB Radio Slang)

aircraft carrier  Truck carrying a disassembled aircraft, helicopter or a small plane. (American CB Radio Slang)

Alfisti  Plural, fans of Alfa Romeo. (English)

Alice in Wonderland  Someone who is lost or seeking directions. (American CB Radio Slang)

all-in-one  This type of seat can change from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing car seat and then to a booster seat as a child grows. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

alligator  A large piece of a truck tire's tread in the roadway. The name comes from the tire tread's resemblance to the scaly ridges of an alligator's back, or the propensity for these pieces of tread to be drawn up between the cab and trailer by the air currents of a truck at highway speeds "like a snapping gator", and sever the air brake lines between the tractor and the trailer. Most newer trucks have shield plates designed to prevent this. (American CB Radio Slang)

ambulette  Vehicles that transport people with disabilities or those with medical conditions. Ambulettes accept Medicaid, Medicare, and other private insurance for travel reimbursement to specific locations such as from a client’s home to a dialysis center and then back home. Ambulettes can take several clients, whereas ambulances, in general, hold one patient for transport to a hospital. (English) Source: FHWA 2012

anchor clanker  Boat trailer. (American CB Radio Slang)

anteater  A Kenworth T600 (T604 Australia) tractor, because of the long sloping tilt up hood. (American CB Radio Slang)

Armpit  New Jersey. (American CB Radio Slang)

Art Bell Town  Pahrump, Nevada, Art Bell's hometown. (American CB Radio Slang)

Assville  The city of Asheville, NC. (American CB Radio Slang)

astronaut  Police plane or helicopter. (American CB Radio Slang)

auto insurance  Insurance purchased by the owner of a vehicle to cover losses due to traffic accidents or theft. Synonyms:  motor insurance, car insurance (US English) Source: Wiktionary 2012

automatic locking retractor  This is a type of retractor that provides the ability to "lock" the seat belt at a set position. This is an important piece when installing car seats. Check vehicle owner's manual for more information. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

automobile  A type of vehicle designed to move on the ground under its own stored power and intended to carry a driver, a small number of additional passengers, and a very limited amount of other load. A car or motorcar. Etymology: From French automobile, from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, “self”) + French mobile (“moving”), from Latin mobilis (“movable”). The word automobile implies a car with seating for perhaps four or five passengers. However, it may seat one, two, three, six, or more passengers. A vehicle with more than six or seven seats is usually described as a limousine, minivan, van, SUV, bus, etc. Synonyms: auto, car, motorcar. Adjective Form: automotive. (US/Canadian English) Source: Wiktionary 2012

baboon butt  A Kenworth T2000 tractor, because of the grille styling. (American CB Radio Slang)

baby bear  A rookie (or at least a very young) police officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

Back Door  The area behind a vehicle or the last vehicle in a line. To say "I got your back door" means that someone is watching another's back. "Knocking at your back door" means approaching from behind. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bad News  Newport News, Virginia. (American CB Radio Slang)

Badger Bound  Wisconsin bound. (American CB Radio Slang)

baldy  A tire from which the treads have worn away, leaving the carcass as smooth as a hairless man's head. (A Hot Rod Dictionary is Born)

band-aid buggy  Ambulance. (American CB Radio Slang)

Barf City  Providence, Rhode Island. (American CB Radio Slang)

Barnyard Buick  A Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester). The terms originated because the International Harvester Company was primarily known for their farm machinery. (CB Radio Slang)

Bean Town  Boston, Massachusetts. (American CB Radio Slang)

bean  A Ford Pinto. (CB Radio Slang)

bear bait  An erratic or speeding driver. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear bite  A speeding ticket. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bear Cave/Bear's Den/Bear's Lair  A police station. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear in a plain brown wrapper  A law officer in an unmarked police car. The term "plain white wrapper" is sometimes used, depending on the color of the vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear in the air  A police aircraft. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear in the grass  A speed trap. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear taking pictures  Police with radar. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear with ears  A police officer listening to others on the CB. (American CB Radio Slang)

bear  A police officer. The terms "Smokey" & "Bear" are both direct references to Smokey Bear, a character image commonly seen along U.S. highways, as part of warnings not to cause wildfires. He wears a campaign hat very similar to that included in many highway patrol uniforms in the U.S. It also refers to their attitude toward most law enforcement officers in general. (American CB Radio Slang)

beemer  Slang for a BMW motorcycle or car. (English)

Beertown  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (American CB Radio Slang)

bells and flags  A bell is when the dispatcher calls on the radio and sends a driver for a pickup. A flag is when someone on the street flags you down. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

belt-positioning booster seat  See booster seat. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

belt path  This is the place on a car seat or booster seat where a seat belt or lower anchor attachment is placed to secure car seat in vehicle. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

beltline  The line going from the hood which usually follows the bottom edge of the windows and continues to the trunk. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Bibendum  The official name of Michelin's mascot, commonly known in English as The Michelin Man. (English & French)

Big A  Atlanta, Georgia or Amarillo, Texas. (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Apple  New York City. (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Arch  St. Louis, Missouri (After the Gateway Arch). (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Easy, The  New Orleans, Louisiana (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Orange  Skelton Truck Lines Truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Big R  Roadway Express truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Big Road  Interstate highway, as opposed to smaller highways and city streets. (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Road, The  An interstate, particularly Interstate-80. (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Stink, The  Las Cruces, New Mexico (Due to its waste water treatment plant being to close to I-10). (American CB Radio Slang)

Big Truck  A semi truck, usually an 18-wheeler, used as the opposite of the term "four-wheeler." (American CB Radio Slang)

Biggest Little  Reno, Nevada (After its nickname "Biggest Little City in the World"). (American CB Radio Slang)

Bikini State  Florida (American CB Radio Slang)

bimmer  Slang for a BMW car. (English)

binders  Air brakes. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bit By A Bear  Received a ticket. (American CB Radio Slang)

bitumen sniffer  A Kenworth T604, T608, or T609. (CB Radio Slang)

Black and White  Highway Patrol. (American CB Radio Slang)

Black Bart  A chronic alcoholic who cannot handle his liquor. Usually shouts loudly, picking people up, etc. A general nuisance to others. An undesirable person at a party or truckstop. (American CB Radio Slang)

blinders  High beams (headlights). (American CB Radio Slang)

bling  (contemporary) See brightwork. May also refer to the strong use of jeweled lighting. Comes from the term bling-bling. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

blinkin' winkin'  School bus. (CB Radio Slang)

blood box  Ambulance. (CB Radio Slang)

Blue Bear  A Michigan State Police Trooper. (American CB Radio Slang)

Blue Bird  A Marten Transport truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Blue Light Special  A law enforcement vehicle, especially with a stopped motorist. The term blue light special is derived from a promotion by Kmart where they would place a flashing blue light in the store next to an item, and announce a surprise sale to shoppers on the store's public address system. Truckers adopted the term and announce a "Blue Light Special" on the CB to warn other truckers when they spot a police vehicle with flashing blue lights on the road. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bluegrass City  Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding area. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bluff, The  Poplar Bluff, Missouri. (American CB Radio Slang)

bob-tail  A semi-tractor operating without a trailer. (CB Radio Slang)

boda boda  A motorcycle taxi in Uganda. (Ugandan slang)

body box  Ambulance. (CB Radio Slang)

bogie  Threat. (American CB Radio Slang)

bone box  Ambulance. (CB Radio Slang)

bonnet  (Hood in North America) The hatch covering the engine on vehicles when the engine is located forward or aft of the passenger compartment. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

booster seat  A booster seat correctly positions the seat belt by "boosting" the child so the lap and shoulder belts fit properly. The lap belt should be low and tight across the hips, and the shoulder belt should fit cross the chest and not rest against the neck or face. Proper belt fit is very important. Booster seats can have high backs (for use in vehicles with no head restraints) or can be no back/backless seats (for use in vehicles with head restraints). (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

boot  (Trunk outside of the UK) Compartment for storage of cargo which is separate from the cab. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

bōsōzoku   (暴走族, literally "running-out-of-control (as of a vehicle) tribe") is a Japanese youth subculture associated with customized motorcycles. (Bōsōzoku) Also used to describe a subculture of customized cars, combining five cultures of customized cars in Japan: Shakotan, Yanky style, VIP style, Kyusha style, and Grachan. What is bosozoku?)

Boy Scouts  State Police. (American CB Radio Slang)

brake check  A brief traffic slowdown, where traffic flow improves after about a minute or two. (American CB Radio Slang)

breaker  Telling other CB users that you'd like to start a transmission on a channel. May be succeeded by either the channel number, indicating that anyone may acknowledge (e.g. "Breaker One-nine" refers to channel 19, the most widely used among truck drivers), or by a specific "handle", which is requesting a particular individual to respond. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bridgeville  Portland, Oregon. (American CB Radio Slang)

brightwork  Anything reflective added to a car to enhance appearance. May also be called chrome. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Britstang  Slang for a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang. (British English)

Bubble City  Champaign, IL. (American CB Radio Slang)

bubblegummer  Teenager. (American CB Radio Slang)

bucket  (also wheel well) The enclosure or space for the wheel. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

buckle  Accepts the latch plate and holds the seat belt in place. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Buick town  Flint, Michigan. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bull City  Washington, D.C. (American CB Radio Slang)

bull rack  Livestock truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Bulldog  A Mack Tractor, noted for the bulldog hood ornament. (CB Radio Slang)

Bullfrog  An ABF truck. (CB Radio Slang)

bumper sticker  A tailgating vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

Bunsen Burner  Portable meth lab. (American CB Radio Slang)

Buschwhacker  A slang term for a NASCAR Winston Cup/Nextel Cup driver who competed in, and often dominated a race in, the NASCAR Busch Series. (American English)

Buster Brown  A United Parcel Service (UPS) truck. (CB Radio Slang)

busy  A Weigh Station or Rest Area that is pulling trucks in for weighing or inspection. (American CB Radio Slang)

Buzzard Truck  A Stevens Transport truck, because the birds on the truck all face the same direction as if flying in a circle. (CB Radio Slang)

cab back  The cab of the vehicle is moved to the rear of the vehicle. Cars such as a 1970's Corvette could be considered cab back design. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

cab forward  The cab of the vehicle is pushed forward. This design aesthetic was popular with Chrysler in the late 1990s. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

cab-over  Tractors designed with the cab directly over the engine. (CB Radio Slang)

cab  Short for cabin. The enclosed compartment of a vehicle which contains the driver and passengers. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

cabbie  A taxicab driver. (English)

cabriolet  Orignally the French term for convertible, it is now frequently used across many languages, as in the German-made Volkswagen Cabriolet. (French)

cage driver  A motorcyclists' slang term for drivers of cars. The A-, B-, and C-pillars from a structure that resembles the "cage" and implies that car drivers aren't free. (American English)

Camel City  Winston-Salem, NC (the home of Reynolds Tobacco). (American CB Radio Slang)

camera car  Highway Patrol Police Car in reference to the onboard video camera set up. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

camera  Police radar unit. (American CB Radio Slang)

Canadian Peterbilt  Western Star Truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Canadian Turnpike, The  Name give to Interstate-81 because of its heavy Canadian truck traffic. (American CB Radio Slang)

candy car  Highway Patrol Police Car usually with high-visibility Police decals. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

Capital City  Carson City, Nevada. (American CB Radio Slang)

car seat  A child restraint (CR), a child restraint system (CRS), or a child restraint device (CRD): A crash-tested seat, device or system that is specially designed to provide child crash protection. General terms for these systems include child safety seats, car seats, boosters or booster seats, vests or car beds, and those items which meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

car bed  A restraint, usually for small, premature, or medically fragile babies who should ride lying down either on their backs or on their stomachs. In most cases, the baby lies flat. The vehicle seat belt is used to anchor the car bed perpendicular to the direction of travel. The infant's head is placed toward the center of the vehicle and not next to the door. An internal harness secures the child in the car bed. Be sure to carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions as there may be other methods of securing allowed for certain car beds. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Care Bear  Police car located within a construction zone. (American CB Radio Slang)

caregiver  A person responsible for a child's well-being and safety. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

carry handle  Plastic handle attached to infant car seats (rear-facing only) that can be used to carry car seat with child in it when removed from vehicle. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Carwash  A Department of Homeland Security program for mobile application testing hosted by DHS OCIO.

cash box  A toll booth or toll plaza. (American CB Radio Slang)

catch car  Police car past radar set-up. (American CB Radio Slang)

cattle wagon  Livestock truck. (CB Radio Slang)

channel  To modify the body so that it can be dropped below the frame. (A Hot Rod Dictionary is Born)

channel 4 drunk  A chronic alcoholic who spends an extreme amount of time on the CB radio. Interchangeable with the terms Silverfish, Buck, Kool-Aid Man, or Leadfoot. Derived from the Channel Four CB club in Concord, North Carolina. (American CB Radio Slang)

Charlie Town  Charleston, SC. (American CB Radio Slang)

checking my eyelids for pinholes  Saying "I'm tired." (American CB Radio Slang)

Checkpoint Charlie  Old CB slang for a police checkpoint placed to look for drunk drivers, etc. This looks like a roadblock. (American CB Radio Slang)

cheese wagon  A school bus. See also "Swiss Cheese Wagon", "Half Cheese", "Little Cheese". (CB Radio Slang)

chest clip  Plastic buckle or clasp that holds the harness shoulder straps together over the child’s chest and is positioned at child’s armpit level. Also called retainer clip. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Chi-Town  Chicago, Illinois. (American CB Radio Slang)

chicken choker  Poultry truck. (CB Radio Slang)

chicken coop  A weigh station. "Locked up" / "clean" (ex: "the chicken coop is clean.") means the station is closed. (American CB Radio Slang)

Chief Hood Lifter  Service Manager at a truck repair garage. (American CB Radio Slang)

children with special transportation needs  Children whose physical or behavioral conditions sometimes make the use of specially designed restraint systems necessary. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Chocolate Town  Hershey, Pennsylvania. (American CB Radio Slang)

choke and puke  Roadside diner (After the poor quality of food at some establishments). (American CB Radio Slang)

Choo Choo Town  Chattanooga, Tennessee (After the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"). (American CB Radio Slang)

chrome  Brightwork using chrome plating. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

church on wheels  A church bus. (CB Radio Slang)

Cigar City  Tampa, FL. (American CB Radio Slang)

Circle  Indianapolis, Indiana. (American CB Radio Slang)

Circus Wagon  Monfort truck. (CB Radio Slang)

City Bear/City Kitty  Local law enforcement monitoring a particular stretch of interstate which runs through their jurisdiction. (American CB Radio Slang)

cladding  Material (usually plastic) added to exterior of the car which isn't structurally necessary. May be functional to keep out dirt/debris as in underbody cladding, or may be cosmetic. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

classy chassis  Nice truck. (American CB Radio Slang)

clean and green  No police or obstructions ahead. (American CB Radio Slang)

coal rolling  see Rollin' Coal

Cocaine Cowboy  Drug Enforcement Police, usually used when a car is pulled over and being searched. (American CB Radio Slang)

Colorado Cadillac  Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer was very popular in Colorado in the 70s, and 80s and more were sold there than in any other state. (CB Radio Slang)

coloring book/comic book  A trucker's log book. (American CB Radio Slang)

combination seat  A type of forward-facing car seat that is used with an internal harness system to secure a child. With removal of the internal harness, it is used as a belt-positioning booster. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

come back  A request for someone to acknowledge a transmitted message or reply to a question. (American CB Radio Slang)

comedian  The median between a divided highway. (American CB Radio Slang)

commercial company  Prostitute who hangs out on the radio, usually around truck stops. (American CB Radio Slang)

compression space  An older term for combustion chamber. (English) As seen in Automobile Catechism, 1910

convertible seat  A car seat that converts from rear-facing for babies and smaller children to forward-facing for older and larger children. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

convict wagon  Prison Transport used by the Department Of Corrections, named after the caged wagons used to haul convicts to prison and/or to executions in the US in the 19th century. Usually it is a large bus that is the size of a standard city bus, painted white, has the D.O.C. markings on it, state or Federal markings on it as well. (CB Radio Slang)

convoy  A group of 3 or more truckers in a line, usually exceeding the speed limit. (American CB Radio Slang)

Coon Town  Albany, Georgia or the rural south Georgia and rural south Alabama area. (American CB Radio Slang)

Cop Shop  Police station. (American CB Radio Slang)

corn flaker  Consolidated Freight Lines truck. (CB Radio Slang)

cornbinder  A Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester). The terms originated because the International Harvester Company was primarily known for their farm machinery. (CB Radio Slang)

Cornfield Cadillac  A John Deere tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Counciltucky  Council Bluffs, Iowa. (American CB Radio Slang)

County Mountie  A Sheriff's deputy car. (American CB Radio Slang)

covered wagon  A trailer that resembles a Covered Wagon of the old west, normally used for carrying steel rolls. (CB Radio Slang)

Cow Town  Fort Worth, Texas, Dodge City, Kansas, Columbus, Ohio and Calgary, Alberta. (American CB Radio Slang)

Cowboy Cadillac  Coupé utility vehicle. (CB Radio Slang)

Crashville  Nashville, Tennessee. (American CB Radio Slang)

Creeper Cop  Department of Transportation or Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer so named because of the use of wheeled creepers when inspecting trucks. (American CB Radio Slang)

Crest/Crust  CRST truck. (CB Radio Slang)

crotch-rocket cowboy  An individual on a sport bike (motorcycle) riding recklessly. Usually used as a warning to other drivers to watch for erratic behavior. (American CB Radio Slang)

Cub Scouts  Sheriffs' Deputies. (American CB Radio Slang)

cub  A rookie (or at least a very young) police officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

curbstoning  car dealers who sell as private individuals instead of as a dealership to gain the confidence of a customer. Can also refer to licensed dealers selling away from their lots or private individuals who sell for a living but don't have a license or a lot.

Curve, The  I-90 & I-39 interchange; I-90 turn north at Rockford, IL. (American CB Radio Slang)

cyclecar  A small four-wheeled automobile produced in the 1910's and 1920's, so named for their use of small motorcycle engines and wheels. Some two-seat cyclecars were narrower than regular automobiles and had tandem seating, one behind the other. (English)

Da Puke  Dubuque, Iowa. (American CB Radio Slang)

damn-it-driver  An interjection indicating surprise (American CB Radio Slang)

dashboard dining  Slang for someone eating in their car, particularly while driving. (English)

Dashboard Puppy  Radar Detector or other portable monitor (usually with an audible alarm). (American CB Radio Slang)

dead-heading  A truck operating with an empty trailer (see "Hauling fence post holes"). (American CB Radio Slang)

deflection  Similar to smuggling. Driver makes up an excuse for refusing a call (which riles the cab company owner to no end). Examples include flat tires, returning a forgotten cell phone (or medication or a hat) to a customer. Sometimes a driver will simply ignore the radio. He'll call in later asking if dispatch has been trying to reach him, then apologize for accidentally having his radio volume too low. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Derby City  Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. (American CB Radio Slang)

detachable base  A separate base for a rear-facing only car seat that can be installed in the vehicle. The car seat portion can be removed from the base and used as a carrier. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Detroit Vibrator  A a Chevrolet truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Detroit  A diesel engine manufactured by the Detroit Diesel Corporation. (American CB Radio Slang)

deuce coupe  A 1932 Ford Model B coupe. (American English)

deuce-and-a-half  Army terminology for a 2 1/2 ton truck. (American English)

diesel cop/diesel bear  State department of transportation personnel, usually enforcing weight limits, diesel fuel taxes, and safety rules (brakes & tires). (American CB Radio Slang)

Dieselgate  A 2015-2016 scandal involving Volkswagen installing software on its TDI diesel engines that only activated certain emissions controls during emissions tests. The "gate" suffix comes from the American tendency to label scandals that way ever since Watergate in the Nixon years, and the TDI cheat software was publicly outed by the United States EPA. (American Slang)

Dime, The  Interstate Highway 10. (American CB Radio Slang)

Dirty Dan  A disgustingly nasty, smelly, unclean, unbathed, and generally unhealthy long haul truck driver who goes weeks or even months without showering. (American CB Radio Slang)

Dirty Side  New York and New Jersey. (American CB Radio Slang)

disco lights  The flashing emergency lights of a law enforcement vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

disco tin  Police Car usually with high-visibility Police decals. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

disco whistle  Police Car siren. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

Disney Town  Anaheim, California and the surrounding areas (After the Disneyland Resort). (American CB Radio Slang)

dog box  General Duties caged truck/paddy wagon. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

dog clutch  A positive clutch that is either fully engaged or completely disengaged. It cannot slip. It is used only in racing. (A Hot Rod Dictionary is Born)

Dog, The  Greyhound bus. (CB Radio Slang)

donorcycles  A slang name for motorcycles, referring to riders being organ donors after dying in crashes. (English)

donuts  Tires. (American CB Radio Slang)

DOT Cop  State department of transportation personnel, usually enforcing weight limits, diesel fuel taxes, and safety rules (brakes & tires). (American CB Radio Slang)

Double A  Ann Arbor, Michigan. (American CB Radio Slang)

double bubble  Marked Highway Patrol Police Car. Strobe bars are now used on highway patrol vehicles in all states and territories in Australia, but some regional/country police divisions still use twin blue rotating lights positioned directly above front seat positions, hence the CB slang "Double Bubble". (Australian CB Radio Slang)

Double Deuce  U.S. Route 22. (American CB Radio Slang)

double nickel  The 55 mph speed limit for trucks. (American CB Radio Slang)

double one  Marked Highway Patrol car. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

draggin' wagon  Wrecker, or Super-Load trailer with several attachments. (CB Radio Slang)

driver  A polite form of address used when you do not know someone's on-the-air nickname. (See "Handle"). (American CB Radio Slang)

driving while black  Refers to a fictional crime: when white police officers pull over African-American drivers for vague minor offenses (often rolling through a stop sign is cited) for the purpose of searching a vehicle and checking a driver's and/or passenger's identification, the driver is referred to by people who understand and disagree with the racial profiling involved as having been pulled over for "driving while black," shortened to DWB. Similar to "driving while Latino." (American English)

driving while Latino  Refers to a fictional crime: when white police officers pull over Latino drivers for vague minor offenses (often rolling through a stop sign is cited) for the purpose of searching a vehicle and checking a driver's and/or passenger's identification, the driver is referred to by people who understand and disagree with the racial profiling involved as having been pulled over for "driving while Latino," shortened to DWL. Similar to "driving while black." (American English)

Dudley Do Right  A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. (American CB Radio Slang)

ears  CB radio (ex: "How bout ya JB, got ya ears on?") (American CB Radio Slang)

eaten by a bear  Someone who is arrested by police, you can see the arrested person in the patrol car, especially if said patrol car has a "cage" in it. (American CB Radio Slang)

econobox  Slang for a small economy car, particularly ones with simple, flat styling reminiscent of a box. Example: Dodge Omni. (English)

eighteen wheeler  A Tractor/Semi-trailer or transport truck with trailer. (CB Radio Slang)

emergency locking retractor  A retractor on a seat belt system that locks when the vehicle slows or stops suddenly. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

End of the World  Venice, Louisiana One road in, one road out. 60 miles south east of New Orleans. (American CB Radio Slang)

Esky  Escanaba, Michigan. (American CB Radio Slang)

estate car  European term for station wagon, a car where a substantial portion of the rear of the car is enclosed as part of the passenger cabin. (English)

Evel Knievel  A police officer on a motorcycle. (American CB Radio Slang/Australian CB Radio Slang)

eyeballs  Headlights. (American CB Radio Slang)

Fairyland  San Francisco, California. (American CB Radio Slang)

fat cat  An overweight truck driver or other burden on society. (American CB Radio Slang)

Faux-rari  Using the prefix "faux," meaning "fake," in place of the beginning of Ferrari, this denotes a car that is a "fake Ferrari," something styled as a Ferrari but not made by the Ferrari company, including, for example, body kits used on Pontiac Fieros to make them resemble Ferraris on the outside only, full replica kit cars often with non-Ferrari engines, and even to the most purist of Ferrari followers, the Dino 256GT. (English)

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards  Regulations that define minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment. These regulations are intended to protect the public from unreasonable risk of crashes that occur as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles or related equipment. The regulations are also designed to protect the public against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur. The standard that applies to car seats is FMVSS 213. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Federal Pork Chop Express  A FedEx truck. (CB Radio Slang)

feed the bear  Pay a traffic fine. (American CB Radio Slang)

fender bender  A road traffic accident/crash. (American CB Radio Slang)

Filthy Freddy  (also Double F) An overweight longhaul truck driver or other miscreant of society that goes weeks or even months without bathing. This is the male counterpart of the "Hungry Heifer". (American CB Radio Slang)

Firechicken  A Pontiac Firebird. (CB Radio Slang)

flag waver taxi  Highway construction truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Flagtown  Flagstaff, Arizona. (American CB Radio Slang)

flaming chicken  A nickname for the flaming bird depicted on some Pontiac Firebirds and Trans Ams.

flash for cash  Speed Camera, or Red Light Camera. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

flat rack  A flatbed trailer. (CB Radio Slang)

flexing  Slang for showing off a car's capabilities, akin to flexing muscles. (British English) As seen on Top Gear in 2012

flip-flop/flip-side  The return leg of a trip. (ex: "Catch you on the flip-flop" means "I'll contact you again on the way back.") (American CB Radio Slang)

Flower Town  Garden City, Kansas. (American CB Radio Slang)

fly in the sky  A police aircraft. While state police often use fixed-wing airplanes to monitor highway traffic, "fly" refers specifically to a helicopter. (American CB Radio Slang)

flyboy  A speeding vehicle, one that is driving way over the speed limit and is certain to get a ticket. (American CB Radio Slang)

Flying Tire Salesman  An officer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (American CB Radio Slang)

forward bite  A slang term for grip on acceleration, commonly used in American stock car racing (American Southern English)

forward-facing car seat  A car seat intended for use only in the forward-facing position for a child at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds, up to the specified height and weight limits of the seat, set by the manufacturer. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

four banger  A four-cylinder engine. (American Slang)

four on the floor  A four-speed manual gearshift where the shift lever is located on the vehicle floor. Similar in phrasing to "three on the tree." (American English)

four wheel phone booth  Someone using a cell phone while driving. Several states in the US and countries have outlawed this, but it still goes on. (American CB Radio Slang)

four-wheeler  While this is commonly used to refer to a four-wheel-drive vehicle (such as a jeep or pickup), among truck drivers it refers to any vehicle with only 2 axles, as distinguished from an "eighteen-wheeler" (a semi truck). (CB Radio Slang)

frame-on-rail  A design used in older (pre-unibody) cars, trucks, and SUVs. The powertrain and body are mounted to a rigid structural framework called a rail. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

freebander  One who operates an illegally modified CB radio, often broadcasting outside the regulated frequencies. (American CB Radio Slang)

Freedom Driving  An act of driving a vehicle without a driver's license or a vehicle license, as practiced by members of America's "sovereign citizens" movement, which does not recognize federal or state government authority. (American English)

Freightshaker  A Freightliner Trucks tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Frenching  A form of molding by which headlamp rims are smoothed into the fender line. The rims are usually eliminated. (A Hot Rod Dictionary is Born)

front door  The first vehicle in the line of a convoy, or the area ahead of a vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

Full Grown Bear  A state policeman/trooper. (American CB Radio Slang)

fusible link  A wire that functions as a fuse, burning out at an amperage above what the circuit can handle. Different from a fuse in that it looks like a normal wire. (American English)

G'ville  Gardnerville, Nevada (American CB Radio Slang)

gapers  People who slow down traffic to look at an accident, especially on a divided expressway where traffic coming in the opposite direction of where the accident occurred shouldn't be slowed because there aren't any lanes being blocked for cleanup in that direction. (American Slang)

Garbage State  New Jersey. (American CB Radio Slang)

Gateway  St. Louis, Missouri. (American CB Radio Slang)

gator  A large piece of a truck tire's tread in the roadway. The name comes from the tire tread's resemblance to the scaly ridges of an alligator's back, or the propensity for these pieces of tread to be drawn up between the cab and trailer by the air currents of a truck at highway speeds "like a snapping gator", and sever the air brake lines between the tractor and the trailer. Most newer trucks have shield plates designed to prevent this. (American CB Radio Slang)

gator guts  Smaller pieces of shredded tire usually preceding a larger piece of "gator" or "gator back". (American CB Radio Slang)

Gay Bay  San Francisco Bay area. (American CB Radio Slang)

Gbaka  A minibus, usually a small van, in the Ivory Coast.

Geisterfahrer  Translates to "ghost driver," it refers to someone driving the wrong way down a divided highway, usually on the Autobahn. (German slang)

Georgia Overdrive  Shifting into neutral on a down grade to gain speed without using fuel. (American CB Radio Slang)

ghost ride  Calling dispatch and announcing you've just picked up a flag, when you haven't. This is used when a driver suspects the next call from dispatch will send him to a bad customer (a drunk, short ride, etc.). Drivers would rather give up their place in line than pick up some of these creeps. He'll wait 10 minutes, then call dispatch saying he's clear, and get back in line at a cab stand. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Ghost Town  Casper, Wyoming (After the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost). (American CB Radio Slang)

GI Joe  Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, even Tanks, other military equipment. (CB Radio Slang)

give 'em the tour  Driving people the long way round to pump up the meter. This is the age old problem with taking taxis in a city you're not familiar with. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Glass City  Toledo, Ohio. (American CB Radio Slang)

go-go juice  Fuel (usually Diesel, since large trucks seldom run on gasoline.) (American CB Radio Slang)

good buddy  In the 1970s, this was the stereotypical term for a friend or acquaintance on a CB radio. (American CB Radio Slang)

good neighbor  This has replaced "good buddy" as the acceptable term for friend. (American CB Radio Slang)

Grachan  Grachan or Garuchan comes from the 70s and 80s Grand Championships on Fuji Speedway. The Bosozoku used to have big meetings on the parkinglots of these events, hence the name. These cars should also match the same bodyshape styling as the cars running on the circuits, with big wide fenders like used on the Super Silhouette styling. What is bosozoku?)

granny lane  The far right lane (slow lane). (American CB Radio Slang)

Green Stamps  Used to express a toll road. (American CB Radio Slang)

greenhouse  The windows of an automobile. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

grocery grabber  A Minivan, station wagon, or other family car. (American CB Radio Slang)

Guitar Town  Nashville. (American CB Radio Slang)

Gum ball machine  A popular style of rotating mirror light used by many state police and some other law enforcement agencies at the time, however can also refer to any law enforcement vehicle. It looked somewhat like the round style of 'penny' gumball machines. It was basically a clear cylinder, like an upside down jar, with lights and a spinning mirror system inside. It was usually mounted on the center of the roof. (American CB Radio Slang)

gyroscopic car  A two-wheeled automobile, one wheel at the front and the other at the rear, and kept balanced by a gyroscope. (English)

H Town  Houston, Texas. (American CB Radio Slang)

H&D  Hate and Discontent, the atmosphere of tension created on a CB channel by constant argument and verbal assault. (American CB Radio Slang)

hacker  Person or individual operating a radio transmission without regard for standard rules or etiquette. (American CB Radio Slang)

hairdryer  Stationary Highway Patrol LIDAR/Radar set up. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

half cheese  A short school bus. (CB Radio Slang)

hamburger helper  Power amplifier / Linear, used to boost transmission power. (American CB Radio Slang)

hamhock  Person using an amateur radio callsign (as opposed to a handle) or procedure on CB. Using amateur radio practices on CB is not illegal in itself, but is considered awkward or out-of-place. (American CB Radio Slang)

hammer lane  The far left lane (fast lane). (American CB Radio Slang)

handle  The nickname a CB user uses in CB transmissions. Other CB users will refer to the user by this nickname. To say "What's your handle?" is to ask another user for their CB nickname. (American CB Radio Slang)

hang around nellie  A repulsively obese woman that hangs around truckstops looking for a man. (American CB Radio Slang)

Happy Rock  Gladstone, Michigan. (American CB Radio Slang)

harness  Straps that keep the child in the car seat and distribute crash forces. Infant (rear-facing only), forward-facing only, combination, convertible, all-in-one car seats come equipped with harness straps which are fed through harness slots. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

harness buckle  Where the harness system connects and locks. This device secures the straps that contact your child's shoulders, hips, and groin. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

harness retainer clip  See chest clip. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

harness adjuster  Part used to tighten or loosen the harness of a car seat. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

harness slots  Parts of car seat where the harness straps go through the seat shell. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

harvey wallbanger  A driver who appears to be drunk or is driving recklessly. (American CB Radio Slang)

hauling fence post holes  Hooked to an empty trailer. (American CB Radio Slang)

hauling sailboat fuel  Hooked to an empty trailer. (American CB Radio Slang)

hauling Volkswagen radiators  Hooked to an empty trailer. Refers to older Volkswagens, which were air cooled and didn't have radiators. (American CB Radio Slang)

Hemorrhoid with a Polaroid  A law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera. (American CB Radio Slang)

high-back booster seat  See booster seat. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Hillsburrito  Hillsboro, Oregon. (American CB Radio Slang)

hitting the jackpot  Getting stopped by a state trooper. Lights on trooper cars look like slot machine lights. (American CB Radio Slang)

Hofmeister Kink  The Hofmeister kink (sometimes also translated Hofmeister kick, German: Hofmeister-Knick) is an automobile design feature seen on modern BMWs and automobiles by other manufacturers. Despite the feature — which consists of a low forward bend at the C-pillar or D-pillar in the case of touring vehicles or SUV's — being used broadly across automotive makes, the term "Hofmeister kink" is generally used in reference to automobiles designed by BMW. Source: Wikipedia

Hog Town  Toronto, Ontario and Cincinnati, Ohio. (American CB Radio Slang)

hole in the wall  A tunnel. (American CB Radio Slang)

honey bear  A female law enforcement officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

hood lifter  A mechanic. (American CB Radio Slang)

hood  (Bonnet in English speaking countries outside North America) The hatch covering the engine on vehicles when the engine is located forward or aft of the passenger compartment. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Hooker City  Fresno, California. (American CB Radio Slang)

hoon  A term originally from Australia & New Zealand, this word can be used as either a noun describing the driver who engages in "hooning," it can also be used as a verb.  To hoon originally meant anti-social, fast, loud driving, and street racing.  As its use has become widespread outside Australia the definition has expanded to be a generic term of driving a car to its limits, especially if drifting, burnouts, and excessive tire smoke are involved. (Australian English)

Hopeless  Hopewell, Virginia. (American CB Radio Slang)

horseless carriage  An early name for an automobile, as many were constructed on the same principles as carriages of the day. (English)

Hot Lanta  Atlanta, Georgia. (American CB Radio Slang)

how many candles are you burning?  Asking how old someone is. (American CB Radio Slang)

hungry heifer  A grossly overweight female one meets over the CB. Usually lacks any type of personal hygiene. (American CB Radio Slang)

Husky  A truck built by the Brockway Motor Company noted for the Husky dog hood ornament. (CB Radio Slang)

hydrolock  When an internal combustion engine is force stopped for being unable to complete its compression stroke due to uncompressable liquid (often water) in the combustion chamber. (English)

I'm gone  Indicates that one is finished transmitting and may not be listening to the conversation any longer, or may be traveling out of receiving range. Equivalent to "Signing off", "Out", or "Clear" in formalized radio voice procedure. (American CB Radio Slang)

I-1-O  Interstate 10. (American CB Radio Slang)

Ice-Capading  Losing traction on the roads due to icy conditions; can refer to either the trucker, or witnessing it happen to someone else. (American CB Radio Slang)

Illini Bound  Illinois bound traffic also known as "Lincoln Bound." (American CB Radio Slang)

Indy 500  Indianapolis, Indiana. (American CB Radio Slang)

infant car seat  See rear-facing only seat. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

inspection station  A dedicated location staffed by Child Passenger Safety Technicians who are certified to teach parents and caregivers how to install their car seats. An inspection station may also be referred to as a "seat checking station." (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

insurance policy  A legal document outlining a particular insurance cover for an insured entity for a given risk. Synonym: insurance contract. (English) Source: Wikipedia 2012

insurer  One who insures (English) Source: Wikipedia 2012

J-VilleJacksonville, Florida.   (American CB Radio Slang)

Jabber  Someone using foreign language on the CB. US law does not forbid other languages on the radio. (American CB Radio Slang)

Jake brake  Jacobs engine retarder brake used to help slow rigs on down grades. Now used to mean any similar system uses engine compression to hold back a rig on a down grade (IE. the pac brake = pacific engine brake). Both make a loud roaring sound. Some townships have bylaws in place that limit the use of such brakes in residential or other areas due to this noise. (American CB Radio Slang)

jet pilot  Speeding vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

Jibber Jabber on Channel 9  Someone using foreign language on Channel 9, which is not illegal. Channel 9 on the CB is supposed to be used only to report emergencies, such as an overturned truck, fire, criminal matters, related matters. (American CB Radio Slang)

Jimmy  A GMC tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Johnny Law  Police officer, especially a city cop or a local sheriff's deputy. (American CB Radio Slang)

K-Whopper  A Kenworth tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

K-Wobbler  A Kenworth tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Kenosha Cadillac  American Motors car such as a Gremlin Pacer, Matador, Eagle, or Hornet. Term comes from Kenosha, Wisconsin, where an American Motors assembly plant and an engine plant used to be. (CB Radio Slang)

key up  To engage the microphone button. ex: "When did you key up your mike last? (American CB Radio Slang)

kick a tire  To urinate using the quadruple tractor or trailer tires. (American CB Radio Slang)

kick it in  What the person who is being called will say on his radio as a response. (for example: "How 'bout 'cha, Blue Beard. You got a copy on Shamrock?" "This is Blue Beard. Kick it in.") (American CB Radio Slang)

kicker  A Linear Amplifier that is used to boost the transmitting power of a CB Radio above the legal four watts. (American CB Radio Slang)

Kiddy Car  A school bus. Some bus drivers have a CB and will say "Kiddy Car stopping ahead." (CB Radio Slang)

Kitty-Whopper  A Kenworth tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Kojak with a Kodak  A law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera. (American CB Radio Slang)

Kyusha style  Kyusha style literally means “Japanese old classic car” which in a lot of cases mean it is an old car modified with some (smaller) fender flares, lowered and nice rims under it. What is bosozoku?)

labels  Information required by Federal standards affixed to car seats or booster seats. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

LATCH  Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. A system used to install car seats in vehicles using two lower anchors and one tether. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

lap belt  A seat belt that is secured to the framework of a seat or car and fastens across the lap of a driver or a passenger. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

latch plate  The seat belt part that connects the seat belt webbing to a buckle in the vehicle. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

LEO  Short for Law Enforcement Officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

level indicator  Part of car seat that helps identify correct rear-facing recline angles. Recline angle is important especially for young babies as it keeps their fragile necks and heads from falling forward and restricting their airways. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

liability insurance  Any insurance against a potential loss due to the insured's liability for injury or damage to others. (English) Source: Wikipedia 2012

licensed car  A car produced under license granted by the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers as required under the Selden Patent while it was in effect. (American English)

lie book  A trucker's log book. (American CB Radio Slang)

limo liberal  Someone in a limousine. Taken from comments made by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity regarding liberals riding in limousines. (American CB Radio Slang)

Lincoln Bound  Illinois bound Traffic, not Chicago. (American CB Radio Slang)

Little Bears  A police officer belonging to a city or township police department. (American CB Radio Slang)

little cheese  A small school bus, usually built on a 1-ton van chassis (aka cutaway). (CB Radio Slang)

Little Cuba  Miami, Florida. (American CB Radio Slang)

little white pills  Stimulants used to keep the driver awake on long hauls. Mentioned in Dave Dudley's original version of the song "Six Days on the Road". (American CB Radio Slang)

Local Yokel  A law officer with a city or township police force, seldom encountered on interstate highways. (American CB Radio Slang)

locking clip  Holds a car seat in the proper position during normal driving when no other locking mechanism is available. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Lost Wages  Las Vegas, Nevada. (American CB Radio Slang)

lot lizard  Prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops. (American CB Radio Slang)

Louisville  A Ford L-Series Truck. This term originated because the Ford L-Series Trucks were built at a Ford truck plant near Louisville, Kentucky. (CB Radio Slang)

lower anchors  Horizontal bars in the vehicle seat that provide a secure anchor for the car seat's lower attachments. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

lower anchor attachments  Attachments used in place of vehicle seat belt to secure car seat or booster seat. Consists of lower anchor connectors and the lower anchor strap for flexible lower anchor attachments. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

lying to dispatch  Lying is involved with many of these tactics, but there's one specific lie that's funny. A driver might pick up a fare who says he's going a short distance, but you lie to dispatch, saying it's a long ride. It is done to ram home the awful luck of the Town Clown (see below), hoping he'll get frustrated and leave for the day. Fewer cabs on the streets means more money for the rest. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Mad-Rock  Madison, WI, Rockford, IL Metro areas including Janesville, WI and Beloit, WI. This area is shared by I-90/I-39. (American CB Radio Slang)

Magic City, The  Birmingham, Alabama. (American CB Radio Slang)

Mama Bear  A female law enforcement officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

Man-you-stink  The small town of Manistique, MI. (American CB Radio Slang)

Marmite car  Named for a British savory spread, known for being an acquired taste that people either love or hate but are rarely indifferent towards, a "Marmite car" is a car that inspires strong reactions of love or hate, or an offbeat car that's considered an acquired taste. (British English)

marshmallow  A Swift truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Mass-a-Two-Shits  Massachusetts. (American CB Radio Slang)

matutu  A 14-seat minibus van. (Kenyan slang)

meat wagon  Ambulance. (Australian CB Radio Slang)

Mickey Mouse Towns  Location of the Walt Disney theme parks. (American CB Radio Slang)

military carrier  Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, even Tanks, other military equipment. (CB Radio Slang)

Miniac  A fan of the Mini, a portmanteau of Mini and maniac.

minibus  A vehicle, usually a van, used as a bus to transport more passengers than a typical car or minivan is capable of. (English)

Miss Piggy  A female law enforcement officer. (American CB Radio Slang)

Mistake On The Lake  Chicago, Illinois—also Cleveland, Ohio. (American CB Radio Slang)

mobile parking lot  A large car hauler (18 wheeler). (CB Radio Slang)

Monkey Town  Montgomery, Alabama. (American CB Radio Slang)

motion lotion  Fuel (usually Diesel, since large trucks seldom run on gasoline.) (American CB Radio Slang)

Motor City  Detroit, Michigan. (American CB Radio Slang)

motor insurance  Insurance purchased by the owner of a vehicle to cover losses due to traffic accidents or theft. Synonyms:  car insurance, auto insurance (UK English) Source: Wiktionary 2012

Mountain Folk  The mountains of rural Western North Carolina to the Tennessee State Line. (American CB Radio Slang)

Music Town  Nashville. (American CB Radio Slang)

my balls are sagging  Parts are falling off the truck. (American CB Radio Slang)

nap trap  Motel or rest stop. (American CB Radio Slang)

New Jersey Termite  New Jersey Turnpike. (American CB Radio Slang)

Nickel City  Buffalo, NY. (American CB Radio Slang)

Nodak  The State of North Dakota. (American CB Radio Slang)

Not too Swift  Derogatory nickname for a Swift truck. (CB Radio Slang)

office on wheels  Office workers using the car as an office while in traffic. (American CB Radio Slang)

Okie City  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where I-40, I-35 and I-44 all cross paths. (American CB Radio Slang)

Oldsmoslider  Oldsmobile car or station wagon. (CB Radio Slang)

oooooooops  An obnoxious way to get attention for purposes of being informative. Word said on CB referring to an accident or a police traffic stop, "Oooops at the 49." (American CB Radio Slang)

outbander  One who operates an illegally modified CB radio, often broadcasting outside the regulated frequencies. (American CB Radio Slang)

over and out  Phrase meaning the CB'er is stopping talking and either turning the CB off or going to another channel. (American CB Radio Slang)

Over the Tank-Hank  Name given as an insult to another man implying that person is a homosexual. (American CB Radio Slang)

overhang  The distance which the car extends beyond the wheelbase. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Packardbaker  The Packards for 1957 and 1958 were essentially Studebaker Presidents with large amounts of bright work. (Studebaker-Packard Corporation: Packardbaker)

Packertown  Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers football team. (American CB Radio Slang)

Panam  Shortened slang term for the Carrera Panamericana, the famous Mexican border-to-border race of the 1950's.

Pancake City  Liberal, Kansas, host of the Fat Tuesday Pancake Race. (American CB Radio Slang)

Papa Bear  A police supervisor. (American CB Radio Slang)

Paper Hanger  Police giving speeding ticket. (American CB Radio Slang)

pay wagon  an armored car, usually full of money as it goes from place to place, then to a bank. (CB Radio Slang)

pay-as-you-drive (PAYD)  Converts automotive insurance from a fixed to a per mile cost, providing a financial incentive to drive less. (English) Source: FHWA 2012

Peg, The  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (CB Radio Slang)

Pete  A Peterbilt tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Petercar  A Peterbilt tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

pickle park  An interstate rest area frequented by prostitutes. (American CB Radio Slang)

picture-taker  A law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera. (American CB Radio Slang)

Pie Car  Pacific Intermountain Express (PIE) truck. (CB Radio Slang)

piggy bank  an armored car, usually full of money as it goes from place to place, then to a bank. (CB Radio Slang)

pill  A power transistor in an illegal linear amplifier. (American CB Radio Slang)

pillar  A structural member that connects the roof to the body of the car. Pillars are usually notated from front to back alphabetically. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

piston ring  A thin, narrow elastic ring which fits into a circumferential groove in the piston. The ring is cut through on one side to allow it to expand and press against the cylinder wall. (English) Source: Automobile Catechism 1910

Pittsburgh Garbage Truck  A PGT truck. (CB Radio Slang)

Plain Brown Wrapper  Unmarked police car (Often referred to by the car's actual color). (American CB Radio Slang)

plug-in hybrid electric vehicle  A hybrid vehicle that can be plugged into the electric grid to recharge its battery to reduce gasoline usage. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Polar Bear  An all-white highway patrol car. (American CB Radio Slang)

Pollock Express  Pacific Intermountain Express (PIE) truck. (CB Radio Slang)

polystyrene  The type of plastic commonly used in model car production.  It is a flammable synthetic polymer made from styrene, a monomer derived from petroleum. (English)

Poncho  A Pontiac car. (CB Radio Slang)

pony car  A class of sporty American coupes that includes the Chevrolet Camaro, AMC Javelin/AMX, and Dodge Challenger; the name is derived from the first car of the type: the Ford Mustang. (English)

Pony Express  Mail hauler. (CB Radio Slang)

Poor Boy  A Peterbilt tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

Pork Chop Express  A FedEx truck. (CB Radio Slang)

pork steer  The tendency of a vehicle to lean towards the driver's side when an obese driver is heavy enough to affect the vehicle's suspension. A pun on the term "torque steer." (English slang)

porky pig  Person using an amateur radio callsign (as opposed to a handle) or procedure on CB. Using amateur radio practices on CB is not illegal in itself, but is considered awkward or out-of-place. (American CB Radio Slang)

portable barn yard  Cattle or hog truck. (CB Radio Slang)

portable gas station  A tank truck carrying fuel. (CB Radio Slang)

portable parking lot  A large car hauler (18 wheeler). (CB Radio Slang)

power brakes  Automobile brakes originally were made without vacuum or electric aids of any sort. When vacuum assist was invented, cars with this technology were said to have "power brakes" to until such a time came about that the technology was standard on just about every car made. (English)

powertrain  All the components that generate power and deliver it to the road surface. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

PP Guy  A police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police. (American CB Radio Slang)

pregnant rollerskate  A Volkswagen Beetle. (CB Radio Slang)

protecting and serving  Officer with a car pulled over. (American CB Radio Slang)

pumpkin/pumpkin roller  A Schneider National truck. (CB Radio Slang)

pusholine  Fuel (usually Diesel, since large trucks seldom run on gasoline.) (American CB Radio Slang)

Queen City  Charlotte, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo, New York or Springfield, Missouri. (American CB Radio Slang)

Queer Town  Provincetown, MA or the San Francisco area. (American CB Radio Slang)

racing back to the stand (or zone)  If two cabs drop off at the same spot, they might race back to our zone to get in line ahead of the other guy. Racing poses an interesting challenge, as the car is yellow and easy to see, plus the boss's phone number is on the side. Civilians like to call that number and complain. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Radio Car  Either a marked or unmarked state trooper vehicle sporting additional antenna on the trunk or sides of the vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

raking the leaves  The last person in the convoy, who would watch out for troopers coming from behind. (American CB Radio Slang)

ratchetjaw  An obnoxious person talking non-stop and saying nothing. (American CB Radio Slang)

re-power  A truck taking a load from another truck that cannot make the destination. This is usually done if the original truck has broken down, the previous driver has run out of hours, or if the load has a long way to go and needs a team that can run with the load 24/7 and to get the load to the destination faster. (American CB Radio Slang)

rear-facing  Refers to the position where the child's car seat is turned to face the back of the vehicle. The rear-facing position supports the entire head, neck, and back, cradles and moves with the child to reduce stress to the neck and spinal cord in a crash. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

rear-facing-only seat  A child restraint system designed for use only by a young child in a rear-facing position. Also called an Infant car seat. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

recalls  Voluntary or required actions taken by manufacturers in conjunction with NHTSA to correct problems or deficiencies after products have been distributed or sold. Manufacturers must offer free repair or replacement for products recalled for violations of safety standards. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

recline adjustor  Adjusts the angle of the car seat so the child is in the proper position in either the rear-facing or forward-facing position (when child has outgrown the seat limits for rear-facing use). (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Red Wheel  Police patrol car with single rotating red roof light, such as those used by the Michigan State Police. (American CB Radio Slang)

reefer  A refrigerated trailer, used for transporting foodstuffs and other perishable cargo. (CB Radio Slang)

registration card  A postage-paid return card that comes with every car seat; should be returned to the manufacturer so owners can be notified of any recalls. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

resin casting  A method of creating parts for model cars using synthetic resin.  The synthetic resin for such processes is a monomer for making plastic thermosetting polymer.  During the setting process, the liquid monomer polymerizes into the polymer, thereby hardening into a solid. (Wikipedia)  This method is used for small scale, often home-based production due to its low initial investment. (English)

retractor  A mechanism that works with the seat belts to gather and store extra seat belt webbing. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Revellogram  A portmanteau of Revell and Monogram, referring to model kits that were at one time co-branded "Revell-Monongram." (English)

Richie Roach  Someone in a limousine. Taken from comments made by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity regarding liberals riding in limousines. (American CB Radio Slang)

ride theft  Stealing a fare from another cabbie. A driver will hear a bell come across the radio, know the position of the car who got the bell, and beat him to the pickup. Obviously, this is a smuggled ride. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

riding mechanic  In the early days of automobile racing, race cars had a second seat for a mechanic who would monitor the car and keep watch over the driver's shoulder.  Also referred in terminology of the times as a "riding mechanician."

rifle barrel  A bulk liquid trailer round in shape. (CB Radio Slang)

Rip-off Ralphy  A truck stop dope dealer who charges extremely high prices. (American CB Radio Slang)

roach coach  Lunch wagon. (CB Radio Slang)

Road Ho/Road Juliet  A female escort usually found at truck stops and rest areas. (American CB Radio Slang)

Road Pizza  An animal that has been run over and flattened on the pavement. (American CB Radio Slang)

rollerskate  A compact or sports car, or mini pickup truck. (CB Radio Slang)

rollin' coal  (also rolling coal, coal rolling)  Driving while ejecting a large amount of black diesel exhaust.  So named because it resembles the dirty exhaust of an old coal-fired smoke stack on wheels.  Occasionally used as a protest of environmentalism. (American English)

rolling refinery  A tank truck carrying fuel. (CB Radio Slang)

rooster tail  A spray of water that comes from the back of a car driving rapidly across wet pavement.  The shape of the spray, as viewed from the side, resembles the shape of a rooster's tail. (English)

Rottenchester  Rochester, NY. (American CB Radio Slang)

rubber duck  The first vehicle in a convoy. (American CB Radio Slang)

rubbernecker  Vehicles that further slow down or impede already congested traffic by rotating their heads 180 degrees to view the accident or traffic incident and not paying attention to the road ahead. (American CB Radio Slang)

Rustang  A derogatory nickname for a Ford Mustang.

Safe Driving Award  Traffic ticket while being pulled over by police or the DOT. (American CB Radio Slang)

safety belt  See seat belt. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

sage line  A crease or curvature in the side of the body used to create visual drama. Sometimes the crease is functional and improves rigidity of the outer body. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Sail Boat  Viking Freight. (CB Radio Slang)

salt shaker  A snowplow. (CB Radio Slang)

Salty  Salt Lake City, Utah (American CB Radio Slang)

sandbagging  Not participating in conversation but listening only, despite having the capability of speaking. This is not the same as listening in using a simple receiver, as the person doing this activity can transmit using the two-way radio, but chooses not to. It is done to monitor people for entertainment or for gathering information about the actions of others. Often, CBer's will sandbag to listen to others' responses to their previous input to a conversation, sometimes referred to a "reading the mail." (American CB Radio Slang)

Scale City  Toledo, Ohio. (American CB Radio Slang)

Schneider Eggs  Orange barrels filled with sand at construction sites to serve as a protective barrier for construction workers against moving traffic. The term is a reference to Schneider, a large trucking company known for its orange-painted trucks. (American CB Radio Slang)

scoop  Any inset or protusion that implies the intake of air. May be functional for cooling/ventilation or purely ornamental. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

scorching  A century-old term for driving through a populated area at excessive speed.  Can be thought of the Brass Era version of the word "hoon." (American English)

seat cover  A attractive female passenger in a vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

seat belt  The webbing, anchor, and buckle system that restrains a passenger or car seat in a vehicle; also known as a safety belt. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Seat Belt Syndrome  A range of symptoms that might occur as a result of the seat belt doing its job in a crash or sudden braking. Children should be buckled in with a lap and shoulder belt, to provide upper body protection. If a child uses a lap belt only, he or she can suffer internal organ injuries and injuries to the lumbar spine (lower back). (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

set of joints  A semi truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem. (CB Radio Slang)

Sewer City  Sioux City, Iowa, so nicknamed because I-29 ran near infamous Sioux City Stockyards. (American CB Radio Slang)

Sex Lights  Got pulled over. (American CB Radio Slang)

shaker hood  A hood on a front-engine car where a section of the hood is connected to the top of the air cleaner rather than the rest of the hood, which is connected to the body.  The motion of the engine in its motor mounts makes this section of the hood "shake" when the engine is revved. (American English)

ShakeyLiner  A Freightliner Trucks tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

shaking the trees  The person in the lead in a convoy watching out for troopers up ahead. (American CB Radio Slang)

Shakotan  Shakotan literally means “low car” and is used mainly for indicating extremely lowered streetcars with wings and big exhausts tips. What is bosozoku?)

Shakytown  Los Angeles, so nicknamed because of the earthquakes that occur there. (American CB Radio Slang)

shanty shaker  Mobile home hauler. (CB Radio Slang)

shell  Molded plastic and/or metal structure of car seat or booster seat. Also called frame. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

shooting brake  European term for a type of car that is essentially a coupé with an estate car-type rear. (English)

Short North  The engineering nickname for the Oldsmobile LX5 V6, so named because it was a shortened version of the Northstar V8. (English, see also: Shortstar)

Shortstar  A common nickname for the Oldsmobile LX5 V6, so named because it was a shortened version of the Northstar V8. (English, see also: Short North)

shot rodder  Mid-1960's slang term for a street racer, a variant of "hot rodder." (English, Hot Rods and Racing Cars #70 - September 1964)

shutting down halfway  Same as 10-10 (no longer talking, but still listening). (American CB Radio Slang)

Siamese bores  An engine block's cylinders if there are no water passages between them.

sidebander  A CB station using SSB modulation. (American CB Radio Slang)

Signal 7  A dead carcass. (CB Radio Slang)

sill line  An imaginary line drawn following the bottom edge of the greenhouse glass. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

silver seeder  A combine harvester built by Gleaner Manufacturing Company. (CB Radio Slang)

skateboard  A flatbed truck or trailer. (CB Radio Slang)

skillet face  A cab over engine truck. (CB Radio Slang)

sleeper leaper  Prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops. (American CB Radio Slang)

Smart Air Bag System  Also known as advanced air bags. A smart air bag system detects when a child is present and automatically deactivates the air bag or enables it to deploy safely. Manufacturers who do not provide a qualifying "smart" system would be required to have new and more prominent air bag warning labels inside the vehicle. Manufacturers would also be permitted to install cutoff switches so parents can deactivate the passenger air bag when a child is seated in front of it. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

smokey in a plain brown wrapper  A law officer in an unmarked police car. The term "plain white wrapper" is sometimes used, depending on the color of the vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

smokey in the bush  A speed trap. (American CB Radio Slang)

smokey on four legs  Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (American CB Radio Slang)

smokey taking pictures  A law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera. (American CB Radio Slang)

smokey  A law officer, particularly one from a state police or highway Patrol force. A "smokey report" is what CB users say when they have information on a law officer, such as location or current activities. (American CB Radio Slang)

smuggling  Driving customers without notifying dispatch. A driver can get a free ride this way, without losing his place in line. Most drivers dishonest enough to smuggle will only do so if no other cabs are in sight, for fear of getting busted. Some do it anyway, and if another driver complains on the radio, they radio in, "I forgot to mention I got a flag going from A to B" or "Didn't I call that in?" (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

snake in the grass  Police car radar usually hidden amongst tall cat tails. (American CB Radio Slang)

snowcoach  A small motorcoach bus with four small tracks instead of wheels. Used in Yellowstone National Park for tourist transportation in wintertime.

snug harness  Harness straps that do not allow slack; the strap lies in a relatively straight line without sagging yet does not press into the child's shoulders creating an indentation. You should not be able to pinch the webbing vertically. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

soft-top  A convertible top which is made out of flexible materials like PVC or textile. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

soldier man  Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, even Tanks, other military equipment. (CB Radio Slang)

sow belly  A milk truck. (CB Radio Slang)

speed trap  A location where police frequently ticket drivers exceeding the speed limit, often chosen for locations where police cars can be concealed at the roadside and where people frequently exceed the speed limit.  Derisively used to refer to towns where they are viewed as being exceedingly strict on speed limits for the purpose of generating revenue for the town from drivers passing through. (English)

spiffs  Slang for "customer incentives, cash discounts, low-or no-interest loans and other inducements to buy new vehicles." (English) Source: John Birchard 2004

splitter  Also known as a front diffuser, a flat horizontal surface at the lower edge of a front bumper that assists in creating downforce. (English)

spoiler  A wing which is used to improve downforce. Some designs are more functional than others. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

sportbrake  A combination sports car/shooting brake, or a performance-oriented shooting brake style car. (British English)

SpringFAILd  Springfield, Illinois. (American CB Radio Slang)

spy in the sky  A police aircraft. (American CB Radio Slang)

staggered wheel fitment  The front and rear wheels are different widths. On sporty rear wheel drive cars, the rear tires are usually wider than the front. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Star City  Roanoke, Virginia, named after the Roanoke Star. (American CB Radio Slang)

static caravan  A trailer-based housing unit that is set in one place, the British English version of the term "mobile home." (British English)

station hack  An early type of vehicle named after a type of wagon (hack) that was designed to carry people and their luggage to a train station. Would later evolve into the term "station wagon." (American English)

station wagon  American term for an estate car, a car where a substantial portion of the rear of the car is enclosed as part of the passenger cabin. The name evolved from "station hack." (American English)

steak on the grill  To hit a cow. (American CB Radio Slang)

steering wheel holder  An inexperienced or poor driver. The Term is meant to be a demoted version of a truck driver because the person is "not worthy" of being called a truck driver. (American CB Radio Slang)

Sticker Patch  Phoenix, Arizona. (American CB Radio Slang)

Stink City  Las Cruces, New Mexico earned this name because a sewage treatment plant was placed right next to Interstate 10 and near several truck stops. (American CB Radio Slang)

stretching your hood  Lying to dispatch about your location. Examples include saying you're closer to an incoming call than you actually are. Another is saying you're clear well in advance of clearing, which lets you get in line (virtual line maintained by dispatch) earlier. Also, drivers will claim to be entering one of our pickup zones when they're still miles away -- same reason, we get in line upon returning to our pickup zones. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Stump Town  Portland, Oregon. (American CB Radio Slang)

suds and mud  Beer and coffee (with cream/milk in it), served at some truck stops and restaurants. (American CB Radio Slang)

suicide jockey  A truck carrying explosives. (CB Radio Slang)

Sunoco Special  New York State Police patrol car. (American CB Radio Slang)

Super Bowl  Channel 6 (27.025 MHz). A popular channel for skip shooters using high powered amplifiers. (American CB Radio Slang)

Super Chickens  Yellow Freight System trucks. (CB Radio Slang)

super slab  A multi-lane highway. (American CB Radio Slang)

Super Trooper  Either a marked or unmarked state trooper vehicle sporting additional antenna on the trunk or sides of the vehicle. (American CB Radio Slang)

Super Trucker  It was Jimmy Hoffa during the early sixties who gave a speech in which he coined 'super truckers' to mean the extra ordinary strength it required to be an over the road driver. (American CB Radio Slang)

Swamp, The  Montréal, Québec (CB Radio Slang)

swindle sheet  A trucker's log book. (American CB Radio Slang)

Swiss cheese wagon  A school activity bus. So called because they are usually painted white. (CB Radio Slang)

switchable retractor  A retractor that can be switched from emergency locking retractor to an automatic locking retractor for use when installing car seats. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

T-Town  Tulsa, Oklahoma. (American CB Radio Slang)

T.K.  Thermo King; refrigerated unit on the front of a trailer. (American CB Radio Slang)

T2 Me Too  A Peterbilt 387 tractor. Noted for its near clonelike resemblance to the Kenworth T-2000. (CB Radio Slang)

takeyari  Very tall exhaust pipes that exit from under the back bumper of a car, turn upward, and end well over the height of the car. (Japanese)

tandem fodder  Someone or something (e.g. an animal) of trivial importance obstructing the right-of-way on a roadway to the detriment of their own safety (derived from the term, "Cannon fodder"). (American CB Radio Slang)

tandems  The rear wheels on a trailer. (American CB Radio Slang)

technician  Term used to refer to a person who has successfully completed the standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician certification course. The certification courses use a NHTSA training curriculum, and Safe Kids Worldwide serves as the certifying body. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Terrible Flow  Notoriously unreliable GM V6 Toro Flow diesel engine used in some GM trucks built in the 1960s and 70s. (American CB Radio Slang)

tether  Comprised of a tether strap and tether hook that 'anchors' the top of the car seat to the tether anchor in the vehicle. Keeps restraint from tipping forward on impact and can provide extra protection. The tether is located on the top rear of convertible, combination, and all-in-one car seats used forward-facing. Most rear-facing-only infant car seats do not use this equipment for installation. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

tether anchor  Hardware used to connect the tether at a designated anchor point in the vehicle. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

Texas Cadillac  A Chevrolet Suburban. (CB Radio Slang)

The Big Easy  New Orleans, Louisiana (American CB Radio Slang)

The Big Road  An interstate, particularly Interstate-80. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Big Stink  Las Cruces, New Mexico (Due to its waste water treatment plant being to close to I-10). (American CB Radio Slang)

The Bluff  Poplar Bluff, Missouri. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Canadian Turnpike  Name give to Interstate-81 because of its heavy Canadian truck traffic. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Curve  I-90 & I-39 interchange; I-90 turn north at Rockford, IL. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Dime  Interstate Highway 10. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Dog  Greyhound bus. (CB Radio Slang)

The Magic City  Birmingham, Alabama. (American CB Radio Slang)

The Peg  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (CB Radio Slang)

The Swamp  Montréal, Québec (CB Radio Slang)

Thermos Bottle  Driver pulling a chemical trailer. (CB Radio Slang)

thirteen-letter shit spreader  A Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester). The terms originated because the International Harvester Company was primarily known for their farm machinery. (CB Radio Slang)

three on the tree  A three-speed manual gearshift where the shift lever is located on the steering column (the "tree"). Similar in phrasing to "four on the floor." (American English)

Thunderchicken  A derogatory nickname for a Ford Thunderbird. (CB Radio Slang)

Thunderturd  A derogatory nickname for a Ford Thunderbird.

Tijuana Taxi  A marked police car. (American CB Radio Slang)

tin Lizzie  A nickname for a Ford Model T. (American English)

title washing  The fraudulent process through which a vehicle’s title is corruptly altered to conceal information that should normally be contained on the title, such as a previous salvaged title or a financial lienholder. Source: FBI

tōge  A Japanese word literally meaning "pass." It refers to a mountain pass or any of the narrow, winding roads that can be found in and around the mountains of Japan and other geographically similar areas, like the legendary Nordschleife in Germany. See more at Tōge (Japanese)

Tommy  A request for a location of an information station, such as rest area information center or truck stop information desk. (CB Radio Slang)

Tonto  Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (CB Radio Slang)

Town Clown  A law officer with a city or township police force, seldom encountered on interstate highways. (American CB Radio Slang)

town clown  The unlucky guy who gets one short, local ride after another. This is really frustrating, especially when other drivers are getting great rides all around you. I have a general rule: four locals in a row and I'm done for the day. (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Toy Box  Toyota vehicle. (CB Radio Slang)

track  The distance across the car between the base of the left and right wheels. (Like wheelbase, but side to side.) (Glossary of Automotive Design)

trackless tram  A bus powered by overhead electrical wires. Much as a streetcar is limited to its tracks, the trolley bus is limited to the path of the wires, but cheaper to build and maintain than a streetcar because it runs on a bus chassis and does not need tracks.

trackless trolley  A bus powered by overhead electrical wires. Much as a streetcar is limited to its tracks, the trolley bus is limited to the path of the wires, but cheaper to build and maintain than a streetcar because it runs on a bus chassis and does not need tracks.

trailer jockey  See "Yard Goat". Short single-axle truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards. (CB Radio Slang)

train  Police backup. (American CB Radio Slang)

Trash Can  Transcontinental truck. (CB Radio Slang)

tree  the plastic molding frame on which plastic model parts are distributed. (English)

tricycle motor  Young child (Also, "Crumb-Cruncher", "Curtain Climber", "Rugrat"). (American CB Radio Slang)

trike  A motorcycle with three wheels, usually one front and two rear wheels. (English)

Triple Nickel  Cummins 555 V8 diesel truck engine. (American CB Radio Slang)

triptych  Commonly the word means a three-panel artwork, often hinged in some way into three pieces.  Also refers to an automobile route book consisting of strips of paper maps (2"x9" a common size) bound together.  The AAA trademark term is "TripTik." (American English)

trolley bus  A bus powered by overhead electrical wires. Much as a streetcar is limited to its tracks, the trolley bus is limited to the path of the wires, but cheaper to build and maintain than a streetcar because it runs on a bus chassis and does not need tracks.

trolley coach  A bus powered by overhead electrical wires. Much as a streetcar is limited to its tracks, the trolley bus is limited to the path of the wires, but cheaper to build and maintain than a streetcar because it runs on a bus chassis and does not need tracks.

Truck Stop Tommy  A pimp of sorts who specializes in getting truckers illegal services and/or drugs. (American CB Radio Slang)

truck  A typically large vehicle built using frame-on-rail construction consisting of a cab and a separate bed for cargo. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

truckie  Slang for a truck driver. (Australian English)

truckstop hookup  A short term date of sorts. (American CB Radio Slang)

trunk  (Boot in UK) Compartment for storage of cargo which is separate from the cab. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Twenty  A short form of 10-20. Denotes location, as in identifying one's location ("My 20 is on Main Street and First"), asking the receiver what their current location is ("What's your 20?"), or inquiring about the location of a third person ("Ok, people, I need a 20 on Little Timmy and fast"). (American CB Radio Slang)

twister tracker  Someone who is chasing tornadoes, other storms. (American CB Radio Slang)

Two Story Falcon  Ford H series cab-over-engine trucks built during the 1960s. (CB Radio Slang)

two-speed  Hi-Low rear axle used in some trucks. (American CB Radio Slang)

UFO Central  Area 51, other areas known for UFO activity. (Truckers call the area near Rachel, Nevada this, as well as other areas known for UFO activity, such as Roswell, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona). (American CB Radio Slang)

underglow  Light glow from under the chassis of a vehicle. Formerly referred to as neon for the type of lighting used, underglow came about as LED lights became more common than neon lights.

United Package Smashers  United Parcel Service truck. (CB Radio Slang)

United Pot Smokers  United Parcel Service truck. (CB Radio Slang)

unleaded  Gasoline without tetraethyl lead additive. Technically the default formula as lead had to be added to gasoline that did not naturally contain lead, the lead was added to gasoline for a half century and was so familiar that it made "unleaded gasoline" a new product in the late 1960's/early 1970's. (English)

valvetrain  The mechanisms and parts which control the operation of the valves. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Vantucky  Vancouver, Washington. (American CB Radio Slang)

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)  A set of about 17 codes, combining letters and numbers, assigned to a vehicle at the factory and inscribed on a small metal label attached to the dashboard and visible through the windshield. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique identifier for the vehicle and therefore is often found on insurance cards, vehicle registrations, vehicle titles, safety or emission certificates, insurance policies, and bills of sale. The coded information in the VIN describes characteristics of the vehicle such as engine size and weight. (English) Source: USDOT 2012

VIP style  VIP style is more or less a crossover between Shakotan and gang cars: extremely lowered luxury vehicles (lots of bling!) are filled up with as much novelties as possible and ride on big rims. Sometimes very close to Bosozoku style. What is bosozoku?)

watering the tires  To urinate using the quadruple tractor or trailer tires. (American CB Radio Slang)

webbing  The fabric part of the seat belt that crosses the body and holds a person or a car seat in place. (Safercar.gov Car Seat Glossary of Terms)

wedge  May be positive, negative or neutral. Refers to the shape of the car as seen in the side profile. If the front is lower than the rear, then it is wedge-positive. If the rear is lower it is wedge-negative. If the car appears level from front to rear, then it is wedge neutral. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

Weiner Wagon  A Werner Transport tractor. (CB Radio Slang)

wheel arch  The visible opening in the side of a car allowing access to the wheel. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

wheel well  (also bucket) The enclosure or space for the wheel. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

wheelbase  The distance front to back measured from where the front and rear wheels meet the ground. (Glossary of Automotive Design)

white metal  A way to collectively refer to trucks, vans, step vans, and other work vehicles that are usually painted white.

widowmaker  A semi truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem. (CB Radio Slang)

wiggle wagon  A semi truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem. (CB Radio Slang)

wildcatting  Picking up a flag in a city or zone you're not licensed for. San Diego and certain suburbs have banded together to offer a single pickup license, but the airport has its own license, as do some suburbs. A cabbie can only pick up where he's licensed; he can drop off anywhere except Mexico (for insurance reasons). (Taxi lingo and a few tricks of the trade)

Willy Weaver  A driver who is weaving, due to lack of sleep or excess of alcohol. (American CB Radio Slang)

window washer  Rain. (American CB Radio Slang)

with a customer  Officer with a car pulled over. (American CB Radio Slang)

workin'  A Weigh Station or Rest Area that is pulling trucks in for weighing or inspection. (American CB Radio Slang)

Yanky style  During the 70s and 80s in Osaka area the street fashion became to wear colourful Aloha shirts and pants and this caused the wearers being called Yankees. Most of the “bad boys” were wearing the Aloha fashion and hence the Bosozoku became equivalent to Yankee style. The writing of this style is officially with double ii, so Yankii. What is bosozoku?)

yard dog/yard goat/yard jockey  Short single-axle truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards. (CB Radio Slang)

yard line  Mile marker. (CB Radio Slang)

yardstick  Mile marker post. (American CB Radio Slang)

You Ass Eh  The U.S.A. (American CB Radio Slang)

Zipper  Painted dashed line dividing lanes ("He is hogging the zipper"). (American CB Radio Slang)


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Hot Rods and Racing Cars #11, August 1953
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Speed Demons: Issue 9 Hot Rod Talk
Speed Demons #9, January 1958
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Sound Diagnostics

Words to decribe sounds that a technician might hear or use.  Words are defined by equivalent sounds.
boom  distant thunder, bass drum. (English)
buzz  bumblebee. (English)
chirp  shopping cart wheel squeak. (English)
clang  banging pots. (English)
click  computer mouse. (English)
clunk  dropping a bowling ball on a garage floor. (English)
creak  rusty door hinge. (English)
grind  sharpening a knife on a stone. (English)
growl  marbles in a metal pan. (English)
hiss  Air escaping from a tire. (English)
knock  knock on a (usually metal) door. (English)
pop  like the sound an an empty metal gas can makes when the sides are flexed. (English)
rattle  shaking a can of spray paint. (English)
roar  waterfall. (English)
rumble  rolling a bowling ball down the alley. (English)
scratch  sandpaper on wood. (English)
sizzle  water dropped on a hot pan. (English)
squeak  gym shoes on a wood floor. (English)
squeal  fingernails on a chalkboard. (English)
tap  pencil (lead end) on a tabletop. (English)
tick  clock's second hand. (English)
twang  A large spring being spring. (English)
whine  electric drill motor. (English)
whistle  teakettle boiling. (English)


Colors

Official paint color names used by manufacturers.  Marked with Interior or Exterior for usage and the vehicles it has been found on.  Note that just because two manufacturers use the same color name does not mean that the two manufacturers' colors are the same!  Color samples are from paint samples or brochure prints and scanned with a basic non-calibrated desktop scanner, and therefore should be considered estimates only for the purpose of research and not used for mixing accurate paint colors.


Anaconda Gold  Exterior, 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix
Arctic White  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta and the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette (excluding Z06 models)
Atomic Orange Metallic Tintcoat  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Barbados Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Berlina Black  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Billet Metallic  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Black  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, 2006 Ford Explorer, 2006 Ford Mustang, 2005 Lincoln Aviator, 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible.
Black  Convertible Top, 2006 Ford Mustang
Black Raven  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Blackberry  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Blue Chip  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Bolero Red  Exterior, 1955 Pontiac
Bright White  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
BS Blue  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Camel  Interior, 2001 Acura NSX
Cardinal Red  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Cashmere Tri-Coat Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer
Caution Yellow  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Cayenne Red Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Chandler Blue  Exterior, 1919 Chandler
Charcoal  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Charcoal Beige  Exterior, 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Charcoal Beige Metallic  Exterior, 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Charcoal Black  Interior, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Chili Red metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Claret Red Metallic  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta
Clover Green Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Colonial Yellow  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Cordova Brown  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Cosmos Purple Metallic  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat  Exterior, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Danger Zone  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Dark Blue Pearl Metallic  Exterior, 2005 Lincoln Aviator and 2006 Ford Explorer
Dark Carmine Red  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Dark Cherry Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer
Dark Emerald Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL and 2001 Acura TL
Dark Pewter  Interior, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Dark Titanium  Interior, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Dark Violet Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Deep Blue  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Ebony  Interior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura Integra, 2001 Acura RL, 2001 Acura TL and the 2006 Cadillac CTS
Fast Track Grey  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Fern  Exterior, 2001 Acura TL
Firepepper Red Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura TL
Flamenco Black Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Frost White  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Geared Up Grey  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Grand Prix White  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Granite Crystal Metallic  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Graphite  Interior, 2001 Acura Integra
Hawaiian Blue  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Holly Green  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Impulse Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Infrared  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Ingot Silver Metallic  Exterior, 2013 Ford Taurus
Ivory Parchment Tri-Coat  Exterior, 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Ivory Tri Coat Pearl  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Jazz Blue Pearl  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Laguna Green Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura TL
Laser Red  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Le Mans Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Legend Lime Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Light Camel  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Light French Silk Metallic  Exterior, 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Light Gray  Interior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Light Platinum  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Lightning McQueen  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Lime Yellow metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Machine Silver Metallic  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Making Tracks  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Mariner Blue  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Midnight Black  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Milano Red  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Mineral Grey Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer, 2013 Ford Edge
Mineral Stone Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer
Monaco Blue Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Monsoon Gray metallic  Exterior, 2013 Audi A4 allroad
Monterey Blue Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura RL and 2001 Acura TL
Monterey Red Metallic Tintcoat  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette excluding Z06 models
Mystic Silver  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Naples Gold Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura RL and 2001 Acura TL
New Formula Red  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Nighthawk Black Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura RL and 2001 Acura TL
Nightvision  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Nocturne Blue metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Onyx  Interior, 2001 Acura NSX
Oxford White  Exterior,
2006 Ford Explorer and 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Parchment  Interior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura Integra, 2001 Acura RL, and 2001 Acura TL
Parchment  Convertible Top, 2006 Ford Mustang
Parchment Silver metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Performance White  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Pewter Gray Metallic  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta
Phantom Black Metallic  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Phantom Black Tri Coat Pearl  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Pine Green  Exterior, 1973 Suzuki RV-125K
Piston Cup Blue  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Pitch Black  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Premium White Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura RL
Pueblo Gold Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer
Quartz  Interior, 2001 Acura RL
Quicksilver Metallic  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Radiant Bronze  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Rally Blue  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Rave Red  Exterior, 2010 Mitsubishi Galant
Raven Black  Exterior, 1955 Pontiac
Redfire Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer and 2006 Ford Mustang
Redline Tri Coat Pearl  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Ruby Red Metallic Tinted  Exterior, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ruby Red Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura RL
San Marino Red  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL
Sand Storm  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Santa Fe Tan  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Sapphire Blue Firemist  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta
Satellite Silver  Exterior, 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Satin Silver Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura TL and the 2006 Ford Mustang
Screaming Yellow  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Sebring Silver Metallic  Exterior, 1997 Chevrolet Camaro SS and the 2001 Acura RL
Shamrock Green  Exterior, 1979 Chevrolet Suburban
Silver  Exterior, 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Silver Birch Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Explorer and 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Silver metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Silver Smoke  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Silverstone Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Somoa Orange Metallic  Exterior, 2013 Audi TT
Spa Yellow Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura NSX
Stealth Gray  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
Steel Gray metallic  Exterior, 2005 Saab 93 Convertible
Sterling Silver Metallic  Exterior, 1988-1989 Buick Reatta
Stormy Blue Mica  Exterior, 2010 Mazda CX-7
Sublime Green  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Sundance Gold Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL
Taffeta White  Exterior, 2001 Acura CL, 2001 Acura Integra and 2001 Acura TL
Taillight  Glidden/Disney Cars interior house paint Source: scan of paint chip
Torch Red  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Torred  Exterior, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Source: online color chart
Torrid Red  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Tungsten Grey Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Velocity Yellow Tintcoat  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Vermont Green Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura RL
Victory Red  Exterior, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Vista Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Vivid Red  Exterior, 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Vivid Red Metallic  Exterior, 2005 Lincoln Aviator
Vogue Silver Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
Voltage Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2001 Acura Integra
White Diamond  Exterior, 2006 Cadillac CTS
White Diamond Pearl  Exterior, 2001 Acura TL
Windveil Blue Metallic  Exterior, 2006 Ford Mustang
Yellow Jacket  Exterior, 2004 Pontiac GTO




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