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  • The Hash

    The term used to refer to the collective bunch of half-brains comprising individual hash groups.

  • Hasher

    A generic term (i.e., neutered, as most hash members should be) for both male and female members.

  • Harrier

    A male hasher.

  • Harriette

    A female hasher. (Not female impersonators or just anyone in a Red Dress.)

  • Hare

    A hasher who lays the trail for the pack to follow. (Not to be confused with getting laid on the trail, which is available for anyone.)

  • Hash

    Typically, white flour which is used to mark the trail. (Of course, when it snows, this can be a little tricky to follow.)

  • Hash Name

    A fond nickname bestowed upon a hasher. The purpose of this name is to insult and humiliate you as well as to protect your true identity. It will undoubtedly be a name you would not have chosen for yourself. If you really hate your hash name, wait a few runs and request a renaming. Then you’ll get something worse.

  • “Just” Name

    The one your mother gave you, which she picked out when she was in labor and which bears little resemblance to your true personality, which, of course, is reflected in your hash name.

  • Pack

    The group of half-brains trying to follow the trail by reading the hare-laid hash signs. The group is easily side-tracked by the aroma of beer from nearby bars, coolers, trailer parks, etc.

  • Wanker

    Pejorative synonym for a bad hasher. Strictly speaking, one who masturbates. “long time no see” and “late cumers” are wankers.

  • Chalk

  • If you don’t know what chalk is, one of two things can happen: you will either fit in very well with the rest of the half-brains in this group, or it could be too much for you. Give it your best shot.
  • Flour

    The white powdery stuff used to set the trail, sometimes mistaken by the uninitiated neighbors and local constables as cocaine or anthrax. In winter, it shows up better on snow when mixed with colored carpenter’s chalk.

  • True Trail

    The trail dreamed up by the hares in their most diabolical moments purportedly leading you to the beer.

  • Check

    A mark made with chalk or flour in the shape of a circle with an X inside it. At this mark, it is necessary to spread out and determine where the true trail leads. It could be straight ahead, to the left, to the right—you get the idea. It will not be behind you. Duh! The first mark will not usually be more than 150 feet from the check. (Ha!) When you have followed at least 4 hash marks and have not encountered a bad trail or back check, you should be on the true trail. (Ha again!)

  • Checking

    A hasher who has reached a check and is presently in search of true trail is checking.

  • Looking

    A hasher not near a known check, who hasn’t seen marks in the last 100 feet as expected, and is in search of another hash mark is looking.

  • Are You?

    Question asked to determine what the upfront hashers are doing. It means: are you checking, looking, shortcutting, entering the alleys/woods to relieve yourself in some manner, or just plain lost.  Hashers on the true trail  will scream something totally incomprehensible so that you rush forward thinking that they are on true trail only to discover that they are totally lost and stuck armpit deep in some awful mud/sink hole.

  • On On

    A phrase shouted by hashers to the lost souls behind them when they are On the On or true trail.

  • On Up

    A phrase shouted by those hashers presently climbing uphill. Sometimes harriettes are heard using the phrase toward harriers, usually to no avail.

  • On Down

    A phrase you will hear shouted from those hashers running downhill, as you are probably still continuing uphill towards the BT. Also heard being used by harriers toward harriettes.

  • On Over

    A phrase shouted by those hashers getting ready to cross a major road, creek, ravine, or the prone body of another hasher.

  • On Back:

    A phrase shouted by hashers/hares when the FRB are heading to doom (or wrong trail)

  • Oh Shit:

    A mark, usually in the form of a “X” or several “X” together that tells the pack to go back to the last check

  • Hare’s Arrow

    An arrow with three short lines on the tail. This mark indicates you are definitely on the true trail. A hasher notifies others of this by yelling something mysterious and catchy like “Hare’s Arrow, True Trail”. Only the hares can make this mark.

  • Beer Stop:

    A special check about half way through the trail having beer and/or water. Designed to keep the pack together and provide liquid refreshment at the same time.

  • Shiggy:

    Nasty, unpleasant obstacles encountered on the trail. Generally, these are natural and not man-made, e.g., dense brush, mud, briars, foul-smelling glop, swamps. Fellow hashers are usually excluded from this category.

  • F.R.B.s

    (Front Running Bastards) These are the overachieving hashers who forgot that the hash is a non-competitive event for beer drinkers. You continually find them showing off at the front of the pack thanks to his athletic abilities or his immense stupidity.

  • S.C.B.s

    (Short Cutting Bastards) These are sneaky, clever hashers who manage to find a shorter (usually unmarked) route to the beer, without getting themselves completely lost, or arrested.

  • Virgin

    No, we are not naïve enough to mean this literally! This term refers to otherwise normal people who participate in their first hash. This designation may or may not correspond to the individual’s sexual status.

  • Beer Near

    (“BN”) A mark placed on the trail by the hares indicating that the beer is less than a quarter mile away. If you happen to be at all thirsty, now is the time to get the lead out!

  • On In

    You will happily shout this phrase just before consummating that sexual act. No, wait. This is the phrase shouted at the end of the trail, to be heard by those in your wake, that beer is imminent!

  • Down Down

    Hash honor performed in the circle. Beer will be poured in a vessel. Once you start to drink, you are expected to finish the entire contents. Once you remove the vessel from your lips, you are required to turn the vessel upside down on your head. It is to your advantage if the vessel is empty at this point, because what doesn’t go IN you, goes ON you! Hats are not worn while performing a Down Down.

  • Accusation/violation

    Anything that anyone does on trail that violates moral or immoral sensibilities. Examples: relieving oneself on trail; doing a face plant in the mud; failure to carry/bring the hashit; wearing head gear whilst performing a Down Down; causing fellow hashers to get lost; poor markings by the hares—you get the idea.

  • New Shoes

    A hasher who forgets where he or she is and wears (gasp!) new shoes to the hash. The hasher will be duly rewarded by being required to drink out of the shoes during the circle.

  • Hash Trash

    Published weekly, its purpose is to rehash the previous week’s run, inform hashers of upcumming BJHHH and other hash events, and amuse the masses. Prepared by the Hash Scribe and the webwanker.

  • Mismanagement

    The group of half-brains who mistakenly thought they were volunteering for some sexual adventure when asked what position they wanted to be in.

  • Hash Cash

    Usually, the hasher driving the nicest car, paid for with funds skimmed from the hash. The Hash Cash acts as the treasurer.

  • ON Sec

    Normally, a hasher with at least some education. The absence of any social life enables them to devote themselves to the painstaking task of preparing and updating the weekly roll and sign-in sheets. It is not a good idea to piss off the Hash Register since they are in charge of keeping tracking of your run count and thus seeing that you get your due rewards.

  • Religious Advisor (RA)

    The hasher with the worst voice and best memory for weird songs and heinous crimes committed by the assembled group of hashers. Don’t be fooled when they ask if you want to have a religious experience. Everything, including the weather, can be blamed on the Religious Advisor.

  • Haberdasher

    The hasher who designs and sells hash paraphernalia such as t-shirts, shorts, patches, tattoos, and other novelties with the aim of divesting you from the money the Hash Cash didn’t get. Beware of 2 for 1 offers—you never know what the Hab has in mind.

  • Hare Raiser

    The hasher elected to encourage other hashers to hare runs. Normally not the most tactful hasher in the group. Supposed to know everything there is to know about laying a good trail (that’s with an “r”).

  • Scribe

    Usually, the only hasher stupid enough to admit possessing writing skills. Publishes the weekly Hash Trash. A good person to suck up to if you want your name in/out of the Hash Trash.

  • GM

    Grand Master (NOT General Manager!) the supreme leader of a Hash chapter, usually a senior or a experienced Hasher.  Runs the Circle in conjunction with the RA. Female GMs are known as Grand Mistress.


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