Why Does Everyone Love Cb Radio Lingo?
It seems that people in our modern, high-tech world have a love-hate relationship with CB Radio. On the one hand, we have the die-hard fans of the radio station who chant, “We’re Number One,” and who believe passionately in what they’re doing. They speak openly of their loyalty to CB Radio, as if they were a religion. And on the other side of the issue, we have the people who use phrases like, “I don’t really understand it but that’s just the way it is.” Which is it? Is CB Radio a religion or a way of life?
One thing is for certain, if you talk to most CB radio lingo enthusiasts, you will find that you are not alone in your passion. There is a world of fun, fascinating conversations going on all around you. You will hear the familiar banter of long-time listeners who are now CB Radio celebrities: “Where have you been lately?” “You said that you were going to Florida, but I saw it in a better hotel.”
But, at the same time, there are those who will argue that since CB Radio started, there has been little if any evolution in its format or language. In fact, some might say that it’s gotten worse over the years. One argument is, “The one on one conversation on CB Radio has always been the same, with the host and audience, who seem more like old friends than professionals.” This is certainly true in some cases, but then again, there are those who are very fluent in the language of CB Radio and know how to use its terms and cadence to build strong bonds with others.
The thing to remember is that just because someone is using a certain word or phrase in their radio station daily show or during an interview, it doesn’t mean that it has a specific meaning in the wider world outside of that particular medium. Think of popular TV shows like Oprah or 60 Minutes. They’re popular because their hosts and correspondents speak with authority and fluency in a variety of words and phrases. The same can be said for most news stories and even jokes on late night television talk shows. Viewers can identify with these characters and laugh with them, which creates a sense of comfort in the general public.
So the question is, why is it that so many people insist on reading what someone says with the CB Radio lingo when they can watch the person doing the talking and just keep tabs on the conversation for themselves? Some may argue that it’s because they’re afraid to speak with strangers in their own country or perhaps they don’t wish to appear as if they are uneducated or as though they’re ignorant of the world around them. These are valid points and maybe they can be valid for some as well. But it doesn’t change the simple fact that this kind of lingo and CB Radio terminology goes back thousands of years to the days of radio and television and it was used long before computers and communication technologies were commonplace.
It’s also interesting to consider the fact that not all countries or cultures utilize such specialized lingo. While English is widely spoken in the United States, other languages and dialects of the English language are used in some areas of Africa and Asia. The use of such slang is not limited to America or even to the English-speaking world. It goes across all cultures and countries. In fact, for those who can speak only English, it is very important to learn a few phrases of other cultures just to make sure you don’t offend anyone.