Walkie Talkie Dictionary

by , posted on August 1st, 2011 in Games & Creative Play


Oh, the joys of walkie talkies. They’re an essential toy of childhood. Part of the fun, aside from planning clandestine operations—like deciding the next play date location to asking what snacks to bring to the clubhouse—is using the proper lingo. So we did a little research and compiled a list of useful walkie talkie slang.

Presenting the Classic Play! Walkie Talkie Dictionary.

Some of these are just plain fun to say. In fact, you should try dropping a few of these into casual conversation today. Go ahead. We may just give you a big 10-4 Good Buddy.*

Breaker 1-9 I want to start a transmission
10-4 Okay
Big 10-4 Yes
Roger That Understood
Over and Out I’m done talking
Negatory No
Affirmative Yes
Do you copy? Can you hear me?
Copy that I heard you
What’s your handle? What’s your nickname?
Got your ears on? Are you on air and listening?
What’s your 20? Where are you?



And for a list of the phonetic alphabet, check out this great poster. But beware, the kids may just alpha-bravo-charlie-delta-echo up a new language on you.

*Apparently, according to the “internet,” one is never, ever to use Good Buddy in real CB conversation. But that shattered all my 70s & 80s childhood memories so I decided to throw caution to the wind and add it here.

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4 Responses to “Walkie Talkie Dictionary”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    So would that go something like hey Good Buddy, breaker 1-9, got your ears on? Or more like Breaker 1-9, Good Buddy, got your ears on? So fun! Sometimes I worry that they have to much stuff that come Christmas and birthdays I’ll be out of ideas but nope, they just keep on coming :)

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    You’d want to start with Breaker 1-9 (or whatever channel you’re using) then go for the good buddy.

    Oh and if you do happen to buy walkie talkies, may I recommend the motorola ones that we have. They work AMAZINGLY well. We picked them up at Target in the phone aisle or somewhere near there. I think this is the current version of them: http://www.target.com/Motorla-Mile-2-Way-Radio-Black/dp/B00170IIGU/ref=sc_qi_detaillink

    They’d make an excellent birthday present wouldn’t they?

  2. Allison Waken Says:

    August 2nd, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    We have the Motorola ones too! Definitely adding the dictionary to my “must know” boys list ;)

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