Huh? Hash Terminology. Not compressive, but whatever.

This is borrow (and slightly edited) from

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 FRBs, meaning “Are you on trail?”

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
Bash: bicycle hash
Beer: duh
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
Butt Chug: See Debauchery
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
Chalk Talk

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

Dead Fucking 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)
Debauchery: Any of several morale-building mixed-sex activities indulged in by hashers, usually during on after, usually (but not always) confined to American hashing circles
Down-Down: the ceremony of quaffing a beverage (an honor)
Eagle Trail: an optional section of trail, longer or more difficult than the standard trail
Erections: mismanagement elections, normally accomplished during the AGM
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; also Hash Master
Grand Mattress: mismanagement member; sometimes used as the title for a female grand master
GrrrAnimals: matching or coordinated running attire worn by poofters, normally a punishable offense
Hare: hasher who lays the trail; see Live Hare, Dead Hare
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
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
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
Hash House

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
Interhash: regional, national, or world hash gathering
Intersection: see Check
International Hash Hymn: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”; see Hash Hymn
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
Long-Cutting Bastard (LCB): 1) slower member of the pack; 2) someone who gets horribly lost and comes in late
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
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
Player: obnoxious asshole; see also Poofter
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
Queef: say what?
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”
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
Slutty: general-use adjective used to describe something as strong, robust, or satisfying
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
Tea Bag

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
Whinge: whine
Whinger: whiner; see also Poofter
Whinging: whining
X: trail mark* used to indicate a check or intersection
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 Fucked”
Zenning: striking out cross-country in anticipation of finding the on-in; see also Short-Cutting
Zicky-Zacky: see Shiggy-Shaggy

3 thoughts on “Huh? Hash Terminology. Not compressive, but whatever.”

  1. Obviously written by Americans! “If you haven’t hashed in Asia (and Okinawa doesn’t count) you haven’t hashed” Come to Bali for Interhash 2016, it will be even better than Hainan was in 2014.


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