Driver Lingo Part 1

Driver Lingo February 6, 2015

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Over the years a lot of lingo has been created by truck drivers. Like some fields of work, this is a language all its own. In this article we will try to break down some of the lingo and explain what different terms mean. Some of these might be out of date and new lingo is invented every day. Read on to learn about some of the lingo we’ve found.

States and Nicknames

These are some common nicknames and slang for cities and states often visited by truck drivers.

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Alamo – San Antonio, TX

Astrodome or Dome – Houston, TX

Badger – Wisconsin

Bam – Alabama

Bean town – Boston

Beer City – Milwaukee

Big A – Atlanta

Big Apple – New York City

Big D – Dallas

Bikini – Florida

Buckeye – Ohio

Buick – Flint, MI

Bull City – Durham, N.C.

Brown Eye – Ohio

Charlie Town – Charleston, S.C.

Circle City – Indianapolis, named for Indy 500 racetrack.

Cigar City – Tampa, Florida

Communist State West Side – California

Crispy Corpse – Corpus Christi, Texas

Derby – Louisville, KY

Dysfunction Junction – Dayton, Ohio

Donkey-Ville – Wilksboro, NC

Duke City – Albuquerque, N.M., named after the Duke of Albuquerque.

Garbage State – New Jersey

Gateway – St. Louis

Ho Chi Minh Trail – California Highway 152, which is a “minefield” of car accidents.

Hollyweird – Hollywood, California

Iron City – Detroit

J-Town – Jacksonville, Florida

K-Town – Knoxville, KY

Little Havana – Miami, also Little Cuba.

Lost Wages – Las Vegas

Mile High – Denver, because of the elevation at 5,280 feet.

Monkey – Montgomery, Alabama

Motor City – Detroit

Music City – Nashville, Tennessee

Oak City – Oklahoma City

Okie City – Oklahoma City

Port City – Wilmington, N.C.

The Queen – Cincinnati, Ohio

The Sandbox – Sandusky, Ohio

Shaky – Los Angeles, because of frequent earthquakes.

Smoke City – Birmingham, Ala.

Spaghetti Junction – Atlanta GA north east side I-285 & I-85 North/South Doraville/Norcross Area

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Sticker Patch – Phoenix

Sunflower – Kansas

The Triangle – Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Watermelon 500 -Atlanta GA interstate 285

Windy City or Windy – Chicago

Lingo for Types of Trucks

These are some common terms used to describe different types of trucks out on the road.

Aardvark/Anteater – A big rig with a long, droopy nose.

Bluebird – Marten Transport driver. Marten trucks are decorated with martin swallows (birds).

Bulldog – a Mack tractor

A Bull frog – an ABF truck

Buster Brown – UPS driver

Cornflakes – a Consolidated Freightways truck

General Mess of Crap – GMC trucks by Volvo

K-Whopper – a Kenworth truck.

Jack-a-lantern – Schneider owner operator trucks “Cut out a little different”.

Mighty Slow – M.S. Carriers driver

Pumpkin – Schneider company trucks, named because of their bright orange color.

Pumpkin Patch  – Schneider company terminal

VW – a Volvo/white tractor truck.

Wally World – a Wal-Mart truck, store or dist. center.

We hope you enjoyed learning some of the lingo truck drivers use out on the highway. Make sure to check back next week for part two. Send us an email to share your lingo if you have some interesting nicknames for cities or states.

ABCO Transportation supports all of our drivers, because we care! When driving for ABCO you aren’t just a number you’re a name. Are you interested in driving for ABCO? Please contact us to learn more. If you like our blogs, check out our social media channels as well for more tips and tricks.

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