Hash Vocabulary

Alcohol Abuse: spilling or otherwise wasting beer at any time during a hash, especially during down-downs

Annual General Meeting (AGM): in many hashes, the occasion for annual erections of hash mismanagement; in others, an excuse for a party; also Annual General Piss Up

Annual General Piss Up (AGPU): see Annual General Meeting

Aprés: dinner, drinking, or continued partying after hash formalities have concluded; see On-Afters, On-On-Ons, On-On-On-Ons

“Are You?” (R U?): question shouted by the pack to FRBs, meaning “Are you on trail?”

Arrow: directional trail mark; also see True Trail Arrow, Pack Arrow A-to-A: trail that ends where it starts A-to-B: point-to-point trail

Auto-Hashing: hitching a ride to the end, a heinous violation of hash etiquette

Back Check (BC): trail mark* indicating that runners should turn around and retrace their path while looking for true trail, which branched off somewhere before the BC; sometimes accompanied by a number indicating the number of marks the pack should go back before looking for true trail

Bad Trail (BT): 1) a section of trail which goes nowhere; 2) trail mark* indicating the end of a BT; see also False Trail, YBF

Beer: see Piss

Beer Check: 1) beverage stop; 2) trail mark* indicating a beverage stop

Beer Master: mismanagement member in charge of ensuring an adequate beverage supply for hash events; also “biermeister”

Beer Near: trail mark* indicating proximity of beverages; can be associated with a beer check, on-in, or on-home

B-Van: vehicle used to transport beer, food, hash bags

Caught Hare: a hare who has been overtaken and physically caught by a member of the pack; normally honored during Down-Downs

Chalk: basic substance used for marking trail; see also Flour, Paper

Chalk Talk: trail instructions for virgin or visiting hashers

Check: trail mark* indicating an intersection where true trail may take another direction

“Checking!”: answer shouted by FRB to pack when asked “Are You?”, indicating that FRB has not determined whether the trail he’s following is true or false

Circle: assembly of hashers at trail’s end, normally for the purpose of conducting down-downs

Co-hare: hare’s assistant . . . in many hashes it is normal to have two or more hares laying trail together; in others it is a rare event

C-word: euphemism for “competition” or “competitive”

Dead F*cking Last (DFL): last member of pack to finish trail, sometimes honored during down-downs (though this goes against the grain of hashing’s “non-competitive” ethos)

Dead Hare: hare who lays the entire trail before the pack sets out; sometimes accompanies the pack to ensure it doesn’t get lost (see Sweeper)

Dead on Trail (DOT): hopelessly lost

Debauchery: Any of several morale-building mixed-sex activities indulged in by hashers, usually during aprés, usually (but not always) confined to American hashing circles

Doo-Loop: looping section of trail designed to slow down the pack and give the hare more lead

Down-Down: the ceremony of quaffing a beverage (an honor)

Down-Downs: the ceremony of honoring deserving hashers after the trail

Down-Down Box: a clearly defined square or rectangular area in which all down-downs are consumed. Anyone who enters this box, for whatever reason, must do a down-down

Eagle Trail: an optional section of trail, longer or more difficult than the standard trail

False Trail: see Bad Trail; a section of trail going nowhere, designed to slow down the pack and give the hare more lead

F.B.A.C.: Fat Boys’ Athletic Club; a kinder, gentler subset of the hashing community with rigorous membership standards

Flour: a basic substance used to mark trail; see also Chalk, Paper

Front Running Bastard (FRB): faster member of the pack, also the one member of the pack who finishes trail first (and is normally “honored” for same, since one should not be competitive)

Full Moon: frequently an occasion for an evening hash; many kennels hash every full moon throughout the year

“G” Day: February 11th. A.S. Gispert (“G”), the father of hashing, was killed in action defending Singapore from invading Japanese forces on this date in 1942

Grand Master: mismanagement member, ceremonial leader of the kennel; alsoHash Master

Grand Mattress: mismanagement member; sometimes used as the title for a female grand master

Grand Mistress: mismanagement member; sometimes used as the title for a female grand master, but often used as the title for someone who organizes hash parties and dinners

GrrrAnimals: matching or coordinated running attire worn by hashers, normally a punishable offense

Hare: hasher who lays the trail; see Live Hare, Dead Hare

Hare Arrow: trail mark*, normally means “true trail,” but not always

Hare Raiser: mismanagement member in charge of lining up hares for future trails Harrier: any hasher, male or female; in some hashes, a male hasher

Harriette: female hasher

Hash: 1) the Hash House Harriers, as in “I run with the hash”; 2) an individual kennel, as in “I run with the New York Hash”; 3) the actual event, as in “I’m hashing tonight”; 4) trail marks*, as in chalk, flour, or paper

Hash Bag: bag of dry clothes and other post-trail necessities; see also Shag Bag

Hash Cash: 1) mismanagement member; the treasurer; 2) financial resources of the hash

Hash Crier: mismanagement member; calls other members to let them know when and where runs will start

Hash Devil: mismanagement member; in some hashes, the person in charge of down-downs or singling hashers out for violations; see also Couth Monger

Hasher: any Hash House Harrier

Hash Etiquette: euphemism for “rule”; also see Rule # 1

Hash Flash: hash photographer

Hash God: see Self-Appointed Officious Assholes

Hash Haberdasher: mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats, mementos, etc

Hash Harlot: mismanagement member, often a female religious adviser; meaning varies between kennels

Hash Horn: mismanagement member; carries a horn or bugle on trail, blows it to encourage and guide the pack

Hash House: 1) the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, meeting place of the Mother Hash; 2) any hash hangout, usually a bar

Hash House Harrier: any hasher

Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3): 1) hashers; 2) the hash

Hash House Horrors: hashers’ children

Hash Hymn: song sung by the pack during down-downs; see also International Hash Hymn

Hashing: the act of running a hash trail

Hash Master: mismanagement member; see Grand Master

Hash Name: nickname, usually bestowed after a set number of runs or in honor of a notable incident; not used by all hashes

Hash Olympics: games played during interhashes, usually involving drinking; can involve debauchery

Hash Quack: mismanagement member in charge of administering first aid to injured hashers

Hash Scribe: mismanagement member normally in charge of writing the hash trash

Hash Shit (Hash-It, Hashit): offensive or embarrassing object given to a hasher for notable on-trail accomplishments, normally carried by the awardee on subsequent trails until it is awarded to someone else; sometimes also used as a nickname for the awardee

Hash Trash: newsletter containing writeups of past runs and announcements of upcoming events

Hash Time: an erratic measure of a precise phenomena. If the hash is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm, the actual start may be 2:17 or 2:29, or ???

Hat: in most hashes, not to be worn while doing down-downs

Hounds: the body of hashers in pursuit of the hare, see also Pack

HUYA: a plunger, acronym stands for “head up your ass”

Interhash: regional, national, or world hash gathering

Intersection: see Check

International Hash Hymn: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”; see Hash Hymn

Joint Master (JM): co-GM; in some hashes, an assistant to the GM

Kennel: Hash House Harrier chapter or club

Live Hare: hare who gets a nominal head start and is pursued by the pack as he lays trail

Loop: see Doo-Loop

Long-Cutting Bastard (LCB): 1) slower member of the pack; 2) someone who gets horribly lost and comes in late

LVH3:  Short for Lehigh Valley Hash House Harriers.  Founded in 2004, this Pennsylvania hash kennel is the envy of hashers world-wide.  Known for their intellect, cunning, charm, and good looks, a Lehigh Valley hasher is a friend to all.

Mismanagement: hash officials; sometimes elected, sometimes appointed

Mooning: mild form of debauchery

Mother Hash: Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers, first organized in 1938, still going strong and an inspiration to us all (except for the bit about “no women”)

M-word: euphemism for “marathon”

Naming Committee: group of hashers who bestow hash names upon new hashers

Nash Hash: a national interhash

New Boot: see Virgin

New Shoe: drinking vessel used during down-downs; see also Tea Bag; heinous violation of hash etiquette

No Blow: hasher who forgets his whistle, normally honored with a down-down

On-Afters: see Aprés, On-On-Ons, On-On-On-Ons

“On-Back”: shouted by FRBs to the pack when FRBs encounter a back check

On-Before: where hashers gather before the start of the hash, usually a public establishment

On-Home: 1) trail’s end, also On-In; 2) trail mark* indicating proximity to end

On-In: see On-Home

On-Off: start of trail

“On-On”: 1) shouted by FRBs or hounds to indicate they’re on trail, sometimes used only to indicate true trail; 2) trail mark* in lieu of a true trail arrow

On-On-Ons: see Aprés, On-Afters, On-On-On-Ons

On-On-On-Ons: see Aprés, On-Afters, On-On-Ons

“On-One” (“On-Two,” etc): shouted by FRBs or hounds to indicate the number of flour marks they’ve seen on an unexplored trail, usually after a check

On-Sec: mismanagement member normally in charge of hash rosters, run records, etc

On-Sex: more than one on-sec

“On the Ice!”: 1) in many kennels, the block of ice upon which honorees sit during down-downs; 2) command given by the GM or RA to down-down recipients

On-Up! (or down, under, over, through, etc): what hounds sound to let those following know that the trail has become a challenge and the type of challenge being encountered

On-X: trail mark* meaning “on across,” usually found near freeways, airport runways, rivers, etc

Oz: Australia

Pack: hashers in pursuit of the hare, also Hounds

Pack Arrow: mark left by a member of the pack indicating direction taken; follow at your own peril

Paper: basic substance used to mark trail; see also Chalk, Flour

Pelican Drinking: See Debauchery

Phantom Hare: secret hare, unknown to the pack

Photo Hash: theme hash where a photograph shows the pack where to run to; another photograph will be hidden at that location, and so on . . . a variation is the “Clue Hash,” where hashers find their way by written clues

Pick-Up Hash: hash where the hare is chosen at the last minute, usually through a drawing or game of chance; head starts are shorter and the hare is expected to be caught often–the hound catching the hare becomes the next hare, and so on

Piss-Up: drinking session; a party

Pre-Lay: act of laying the trail or sections thereof before the hash; sometimes a violation, sometimes not, depending on kennel traditions; like masturbation, widely practiced but seldom admitted

Private Party: act of participating in a non-circle conversation, thereby showing disrespect to the GM during down-downs

Ranging: the process whereby certain hounds run with total disregard for the trail

Receding Hareline: list of upcoming hash events, normally printed in the hash trash

Red Dress Run: theme hash where hares and pack wear red dresses; variations include lingerie runs, mini-skirt runs, muumuu runs, nude runs, etc

Regroup: trail mark* used in some hashes, where FRBs must wait for all members of the pack to arrive before setting out again

Religious Adviser/Advisor (RA): mismanagement member normally in charge of blessing the hash and settling disputes over tradition; sometimes in charge of down-down ceremonies

Respect: reverential attitude of right-thinking pack members toward the GM during the circle and down-downs

Rule: universally-understood tenet of acceptable hash behavior; never called a “rule” but often euphemized as “tradition” or “hash etiquette”

Rule # 1: “There are no rules”

Rule # 2: “See Rule # 1

R-word: euphemism for “race,” “run,” or “rule”

Self-Appointed Officious Assholes: see Hash God

Shag Bag: a bag of dry/warm clothing for use after the hash; see also Hash Bag

Shandy: “lady’s” down-down drink made of beer and ginger ale; most often seen in the UK or Down Under

Shiggy: jungle, thick vegetation, rocks, cliffs, streams, etc; especially mud

Shiggy-Shaggy (aka Zicky-Zacky): a chant made by the hash in response to anyone verbally screwing up. The offender must drink beer, but not necessarily a full down-down

Shitty: adjective used to describe a really good trail

Short-Cutting: the act of attempting to short-cut the trail, see also Zenning

Short-Cutting Bastard (SCB): habitual short-cutter, a title of esteem in most hashes

Singapore Back Check (SBC): trail mark* indicating that true trail branched off somewhere between the SBC mark and the previous check

Sixty-Nine: a number fraught with significance

Song Master: mismanagement member; leads down-down songs

Sweeper: hasher, normally an experienced member of the pack, assigned to follow the pack in order to ensure no one gets lost; this function is sometimes performed by a dead hare

Tea Bag: sock or sole insert from a new shoe, the liquid from which is wrung out into a violator’s mouth after he or she has finished a down-down from the offending footwear

Tradition: euphemism for “rule”; also see Rule # 1

Trail Recce: act of scouting a potential trail; hare practice

True Trail: the correct trail that leads to the on-in

True Trail Arrow: trail mark* indicating true trail

Trusted Agent: Hound who has been told where the on-in is in case the pack gets lost

Turkey Trail: optional section of trail, normally shorter and easier than the main trail

Turtle Check: trail mark* indicating that FRBs should wait at the mark until the slower hashers (the turtles) have caught up; normally used on dead hare trails to keep the pack together (in some hashes this is known as a Circle Check)

Up-Up: trail mark used to taunt the pack on a hilly trail

Violation: any infraction of hash etiquette or tradition, on- or off-trail

Violator: he or she who must be punished, normally by down-down

Virgin: first-time hasher; also applied to first-time hare

Virgin Lay: 1) a virgin hare’s first trail; 2) a new kennel’s first hash

Walkers: infant, infirm, or elderly hashers

Wanker: literally, a masturbator; in English/Australian use, a sort of “Sad Sack” character; in hash use, an everyday hasher

Wherdafugarwee?: from a hash song, what a hound might say when lost

Yak Circle: a clearly defined circle next to the Down-Down Box in which all vomitus is deposited

YBF: bad trail mark*; stands for “You’ve Been F*cked”

Zenning: striking out cross-country in anticipation of finding the on-in; see alsoShort-Cutting

Zicky-Zacky: see Shiggy-Shaggy