Hash Glossary


 

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

"Are You?" (R U?): question shouted by the pack to the front runners (FRBs) meaning "Are you on trail?"

Arrow: directional trail mark.

Back Check (BC): trail mark* indicating that runners should turn around and retrace their path while looking for true trail.

Beer: Hashers traditional refreshment.

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

Boob Check: trail mark* indicating a check or intersection which must be solved by female hashers before the pack can proceed also know as tit check.

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

Dead Hare: hare who lays the entire trail before the pack sets out; sometimes accompanies the pack to ensure it doesn't get lost.

Debauchery: Any of several morale-building mixed-sex activities indulged in by hashers.

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

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

Erections: mismanagement elections, normally accomplished during the AGM

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

Flour: a basic substance used to mark trail; 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 "honoured" for same, since one should not be competitive)

Full Moon: frequently an occasion for an evening hash.

"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; also Hash Master

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

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

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".

Hash Cash: Mismanagement member; the treasurer

Hasher: any Hash House Harrier

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

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

Hash House Horrors: hashers' children

Hash Master: mismanagement member; see Grand Master

Hash Name: nickname, usually bestowed after a set number of runs or in honour of a notable incident.

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

Hash-It: 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 write-ups of past runs and announcements of upcoming events.

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

Interhash: regional, national, or world hash gathering.

International Hash Hymn: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".

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

Mismanagement: hash officials; sometimes selected, sometimes appointed.

Nash Hash: a national interhash.

New Shoe: drinking vessel used during down-downs.

"On-Back": shouted by FRBs to the pack when FRBs encounter a back check.

On-In: trail mark indicating proximity to the end of the 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

"Checking-One" ("Checking-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.

Pack: hashers in pursuit of the hare, also Hounds.

Piss: see Beer

Pissed: drunk

Piss-Up: drinking session; a party.

Poofter: 1) some one not welcome at a hash.

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/RA during down-downs.

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

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

Rule: universally-understood tenet of acceptable hash behaviour; never called a "rule" but often euphemised as "tradition" or "hash etiquette".

Rule # 1: "There are no rules"

Rule # 2: "See Rule # 1"

Rule # 6: "No poofters!"

Shiggy: mud

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

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

Virgin: first-time hasher.

Walkers: infant, infirm, or elderly hashers, but a completely acceptable and encouraged practice.



 

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