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I Gotta Code

Way back in the mists of time, when men were men and women were the objects of sexual harassment, there was Citizens Band radio, a.k.a. “CB”. And there were those shorthand expressions known as the “10-Code”.

There really isn't any “standard” 10-code, although the most common terms are

10-4 OK (acknowledgement)
10-7 Out of service
10-8 In service
10-9 Repeat
10-10 Negative
10-20 Location
10-33 Emergency
10-36 Time of day
10-100 Rest break

And even those codes may vary. There are “official” lists, but those lists are established for the use of particular organizations, usually police, and the codes may vary between organizations. If you’re interested in lists of 10-codes, check your favorite search engine for “10-code” or “ten-code”.

If you watched the 1999 March 28 episode of The Simpsons — “Maximum Homerdrive” — wherein Homer becomes a trucker, a “10-38” was broadcast and you saw a trucker consulting a page which listed a few 10-codes. Here's that list:

10-33 Actual bear in air.
10-34 Can’t unchain wallet.
10-35 Hot enough for ya?
10-36 Ghost truck on highway.
10-37 Ask me about my grandchildren.
10-38 Outsider blabbing about auto-drive system.
10-39 I love you, gay buddy.
10-40 Taxes due.

Obviously, this is nowhere near being a standard list. :)

Song A’ Th’ Week.

You were paying attention, weren’t you? ’Cause here’s the quiz.

Ratchetjaw

(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Rubber Duck