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* Alcohol Abuse: spilling or otherwise wasting beer at any time during a hash, especially during down-downs
* “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 (trail that starts one place, ends another; if it’s a really long trail sometimes called A-to-Z)
* 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
* Bag Wagon: see B-Van
* Balls Check: trail mark* indicating a check or intersection which must be solved by male hashers before the pack can proceed
* Bash: bicycle hash
* Basher: bicycle hasher
* Bashing: hashing by bicycle
* 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
* Blow Job: see Bad Trail
* Boob Check: trail mark indicating a check or intersection which must be solved by female hashers before the pack can proceed; see Gender Confusion
* B-Van: vehicle used to transport beer, food, hash bags; see also Chase Vehicle


* 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
* Chase Vehicle: see B-Van
* Check: trail mark indicating an intersection where true trail may take another direction; see also Decision Point, Intersection.
* “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
* Circle Jerk: a circular section of trail laid for the purpose of slowing down FRBs
* 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 f___ing 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 aon-after’s.
* Decision Point (DP): see Check.
* 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
* Dry Bag: see Shag Bag

* Eagle Trail: an optional section of trail, longer or more difficult than the standard trail
* Erections: mismanagement elections.
* 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

* 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
* 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 poofters, 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
* 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
* Hasher: any Hash House Harrier
* Hash Etiquette: euphemism for “rule”; also see Rule # 1
* Hash Flash: hash photographer
* Hash Haberdasher: mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats, mementos, etc
* 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-L: international e-mail list for hashers
* Hash Master: mismanagement member; see Grand Master
* Hash Name: nickname, sometimes unsavory or indelicate, usually bestowed on a harrier or harrierette by the grand master, mismanagement, or the circle 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 Respect: paying attention during down-downs or the circle (also see Respect)
* 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

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

* Kennel: Hash House Harrier chapter or club
* Knitting Circle: group of harriers or harriettes (usually the latter) who spend more time walking and talking than hashing.

* 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

* Mismanagement: hash officials; sometimes elected, sometimes appointed
* Mooning: mild form of debauchery
* Mother Given Name: The nice, sweet name your mother gave you upon your birth. The use of which will earn you a down-down.
* 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: Adjourning to a bar or house after the hash. Site where debaucherous acts take place. see 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 On-Afters, On-On-On-Ons
* On-On-On-Ons: see 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: see Beer
* Piss Drinking: See Debauchery
* Pissed: drunk
* “Piss Off”: go away, get f___ed, etc
* Piss-Up: drinking session; a party
* Piss Wagon: see B-Van
* Player: obnoxious asshole; see also Poofter
* Poofter: literally, a homo; in hash use, 1) a homo; 2) anyone not welcome at the hash (see Rule # 6); 3) a poseur; 4) a person who hangs around the hash but isn’t really a hasher; 5) a major whinger; 6) a non-contributor in general; 7) a “player”; 8) a hasher who stops at a check and waits for other hashers to solve it before proceeding
* Poofterism: behavior associated with poofters
* 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?

* Racism: any mention of racing, including use of the word “race”; see R-word
* 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
* Rego: registration form
* 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 (also see Hash Respect)
* Road Whore: mismanagement member, responsible for organizing road trips to other hashes or hash events, encouraging participation in same
* 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”
* Rule # 6: “No poofters!”
* R-word: euphemism for “race,” “run,” or “rule”

* Self-Appointed Officious Asshole: see Hash God
* Shag Bag: a bag of dry/warm clothing for use after the hash; see also Dry Bag and Hash Bag
* 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; opposite of Gay
* 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 Mistress: mismanagement member in charge of lining up hares for future trails
* 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
* Wet Bag: variation on Shag Bag, but containing post-trail swimming or hot tub gear
* Wherdafugarwee?: from a hash song, what a hound might say when lost

* 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 f___ed”

* Zenning: striking out cross-country in anticipation of finding the on-in; see also Short-Cutting
* Zicky-Zacky: see Shiggy-Shaggy