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.


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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