Old Frederick H3 Glossary
We say a lot of silly terms and lingo at the hash. Here is a brief explanation of some terms used in hashing.
Hare: The person who is laying trail.
Hasher: A person who considers themselves a member of the Hash House Harriers.
Hashing: The act of running a hash trail (ex. "I'm hashing this weekend!")
Hash Cash: Collected at sign-in. What you pay to run a trail. Collected by a MisMan Member.
Kennel: Hash House Harrier chapter or club
“Are You?”/ RU?: A question shouted on trail by the pack, meaning “Are you on the right trail?”
“On-On!”: Answered by members of the pack when they're asked “RU?” Indicates they believe they are on true trail.
“True Trail”: The correct trail to be followed. Usually indicated by finding 3 consecutive blops of flour on a trail or finding a true trail arrow -/-/-/->
“False Trail”: The wrong trail. Keep searching until you find true trail. Usually marked on trail with a YBF or 3 stacked horizontal lines.
“Looking”: Members are looking for true trail still or have not found trail yet.
“Check”: A trail mark has been found indicating an intersection where true trail may take another direction
Shiggy: A trail description for thick vegetation, streams, mud, etc. Trails can be Shiggy rated 1-10, with 1 being a simple sidewalk & pavement trail to 10 being bushwhacking, shoe sucking mud, and water.
On-Out: The pack is out on trail
On-In: The pack has finished trail.
Circle: An assembly of hashers at trail's start & end
Down-Down: The ceremony of drinking a beverage at end circle (an honor)
Violation, Accommodation, Accusation: Reasons to call out someone in circle for a down-down
FRB: Front Running Bast*rd. First member of the pack to finish trail. Someone who is generally a fast runner or very cunning at solving trail
DFL: Dead F*cking Last. Last member of the pack to finish trail. Either someone who got lost on trail or was the slowest on trail
Dry Bag: A bag you brought with a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. post trail
Cranium Lamp: A head light or flashlight to bring on trail to light your way in dark areas (ex tunnels).
A-to-A: Trail that ends where it starts
A-to-A’: Trail that ends really close to start
A-to-B: Trail that ends away from start, always has a way to get back to start
Hash House Harrier roots extend back to the old English schoolboy game of "Hares and Hounds," in which some players, called "hounds," chase others, called "hares," who have left a trail of paper scraps along their route across fields, hedges, streams, bogs, and hills.You can learn more about the history of hashing here.
The Hash Philosophy
The philosophy of the original Hash House Harriers from their 1938 charter is:
To promote physical fitness among our members
To get rid of weekend hangovers
To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel