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What’s your 20?

[ wuhts yer twen-tee ]

What does What's your 20? mean?

Breaker breaker 1-9, what's your 20?

What's your 20? is CB (Citizens Band radio) lingo for "What's your location?" What's your 2020 can be part of a question about a person's presidential aspirations for the 2020 election or about a person or organization's goals or aims for the year 2020. (How'd those plans turn out?)

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Where does What’s your 20? come from?

What’s your 20? is part of a system of radio codes called 10-codes. They developed in the late 1930s when police squads began using two-way radio to communicate. One was 10-20, meaning “location.” Asking What’s your 20? emerged as a way to seek another’s whereabouts. It spread into CB radio in the late 1940s and into truck-driving culture in the 1970–80s.

What’s your 2020 has appeared in phrases asking about people’s targets for the year 2020, such as a plan for cutting carbon emissions and business’s five-year strategy.

It has also occasionally appeared in phrases asking after people’s presidential aspirations. In 2017, for instance, the website Playbuzz featured a quiz that generated a humorous answer to What’s your 2020 campaign slogan?

Examples of What’s your 20?

what’s your 2020 catchphrase? Mine is “yikes”
@clrobz, June 15, 2020
"What's your 20, 402?" the dispatcher asked. ... He keyed the mic on his shoulder. "Backyards. Headed west. Toward Anderson."
Bruce Robert Coffin, Beyond the Truth: A Detective Byron Mystery, 2018
That's hilarious! I admit....I feel like that kid when using it. And I want so badly to speak in trucker code......"Breaker, breaker, what's your 20?"
@Lori26565925, September 13, 2018
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Who uses What’s your 20??

What’s your 20? is used over the airwaves. Truckers and CB radio enthusiasts may ask about twenties to ascertain location, though law enforcement has mostly stopped using it. The question is also popular in mainstream culture as a colloquial expression or as a playful phrase used with walkie-talkies.

What’s your 2020 may also appear in questions occasionally asked of public figures, presidential aspirants, or businesses or people developing long-term strategies.

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