An A-Z Glossary of Hash Terms

Glossary of Hash Terms

From Harrier International Online

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    AGM - Annual General Meeting
    AGPU - Annual General Piss Up
    amah - Chinese maidservant, nurse
    amok - violent homicidal condition. Hashing is jogging run amok!
    are you? - usually called when checking for trail. A call for help from a similarly lost hound
    atap - nipah palm-leaf thatch
    ayah - Indian or Malay maid, nurse


    baju - Malay open shirt with long sleeves
    ball checker - tests Harriettes
    barang - things, thus luggage
    Bash - bike hashing. A bike hash. Mountain bikes, dirt bikes, younger brother's bike, servants' bike.
    batu - rock
    Beer Master - organises the beer after a Hash run
    besar - great, thus tuan besar - great gentlemen
    bimbo - American Harriet
    bomoh - Malay medicine man
    box-wallah - derogatory term for British businessman derived from Anglo Indian term for door-to-door salesman
    boy - native servant, traditionally summoned by the vocative `boy!'; thus cook boy; Number One boy; boy besar
    bucket - beery session at the end of a Hash run
    bukit - hill as in Bukit Timah


    check - abrupt termination of trail
    check back - act of backtracking to locate trail
    checking! - utterance during the act of looking for paper
    chin-chin - salutations
    chit - note, signed bill
    chokra - young man, boy
    chop - seal, brand
    chummery - shared household of bachelors as was the "Hash House" Selangor Club Chambers
    circle - convivial post-run session at which down-downs are usually presented to hares, visitors, returners, sinners and leavers.
    co-hare - hare's accomplice
    compound - enclosed area round house
    comprador - buyer, steward, thus Chinese manager of a hong
    concession - Chinese treaty port open to foreign traders
    conductor - head overseer on rubber estate
    coolie - Indian or Chinese labourer paid on daily basis
    creeper - trainee assistant on tea or rubber estate; dawdling dickhead


    dead hare - Pre-laid trails which for some do not hold the same excitement as a live hare trail.
    dhobi - washerman
    Dog - see Spotted Dog
    down-down - non-stop act of drinking dry a vessel of beer; Chug-a-lug


    Eastern Cadet - junior civil administrator recruited to the British Colonial and Foreign Office, Eastern Cadetships, comprising India, Ceylon, Hongkong, Malaya and Borneo
    elections - usually rigged
    erections - usually ligged Japanese erections


    False trail - designed to turn pack around, falsie
    FBAC - Fat Boys' Athletic Club, a subgroup of really lazy (not necessarily fat) hashers
    FMS - Federated Malay States, comprising Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang
    FMSVR - Federated Malay States Volunteer Reserve force
    FRB - front-running bastard


    gin-sling - John Collins or gin and lime cocktail topped up with liquers (not to be confused with Singapore sling, made with whisky)
    godown - warehouse, bimbo instruction
    Grand Master - Supreme leader of a Hash chapter
    Grand Mattress - female version of above
    Grand Mistress - alternative for above


    HPA - Hash Publishers Association
    Hare - lays the paper trail, usually with a co-hare. Responsible for the run and accepts all blame for a foul-up, and willingly accepts the Hashit, if awarded.
    Harrier - male hasher, hashman, hashlete
    Harriet - female Hasher, first coined by Ipoh Ladies
    Harriette - French Harriet
    hash bucket - the beer at the end of the trail and the reason you run
    Hash Cash - club treasurer
    Hash Fash - another term for Hash Haberdasher
    Hash Flash - photographer on the run
    Hash Haberdasher - vendor of Hash apparel, insignia and ensemble
    Hash Hole - warning to following hashers of potential hazardous subsidence on trail, foxhole, warren etc.
    Hash Horn - rallies the pack. Remember, short toots for `checking'; a long blast signals On-On! The hasher who carries it.
    Hash House Horrors - a Hash for the youngsters
    Hash Hymn - song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
    hash-l - an Internet discussion group
    Hash Law - dispatches pack; of hounds after live hare; sorts out trespassing charges
    hashlete - afficionado of the Hash House Harriers
    Hash Master - leader of a Hash chapter, sometimes elected
    Hash Music - leads the membership in song, usually bawdy
    Hasheet - club newsletter, circular or Hash Sheet, media
    Hashit - awarded to hares for gigantic screw-up of a run invented by Brunei HHH in April 28, 1966. Later adopted worldwide. Sometimes awarded automatically if it rains
    Hashoholic - if discovered, administer beer immediately
    Hashoholism - highly infectious condition first reported in South East Asia in the late 1930s
    Hash Piss - organises the beer: most important
    Hash Quack - assists bleeding Hashers!
    Hash Rags - also Hash haberdasher
    Hash Sniff - responsible for finding the start of the trail
    Hat Basher - teaches wearers of hats in the circle a firm lesson (of Medan HHH, Indonesia, origin)
    haversack - original bags for carrying paper
    HHH - Hash House Harriers, H3
    hong - house of business, thus firm
    hound - Hasher, Harrier, Harriet, Harriett, Harriette or Hashlete



    JB - Johore Bahru where Frederick "Horse" Thomson ran hares and hounds followed by beery sessions in 1932, fully six years before the Hash House Harriers was established in Kuala Lumpur.
    Joint Masters - two, originally President and Vice-President in The Hash House Harriers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia aka KLH3.


    kampong - area of cleared land, thus village settlement
    Kempeitei - Japanese Secret Police, arseholes
    kennel - another name for HHH club or chapter
    KL - Kuala Lumpur
    kota - fort, thus Kota Bharu
    kris - Malay wavy-bladed dagger
    kuala - river mouth, thus Kuala Lumpur - muddy estuary


    law - waiting period before hounds set after live hare
    live hare - How it used to be and in many kennels is the only way to hash trails.


    makan - eat, thus dinner; food
    MCS - Malayan Civil Service
    mem - honorific, European woman (sometimes horrific!)
    merdeka - freedom
    Mismanagement - club committee
    missie - European girl or woman
    MOM - Master of Musique
    MOP - Master of the Pot
    MOTH - Master of the Hymn
    monsoon - seasonal winds blowing northeast across South China Sea November-February and southwest May-September


    negri - state, thus Negri Sembilan
    note - as in "Can we have a note?" instruction from GM to Hash Music


    Oh dear! - It's a men only hash
    Oh shit! - It's a mixed hash
    on back - sometimes called to indicate back check situation; fallen harriet
    On Disk - San Diego HHH mail merger
    on in - last kilometre or so, final stretch of a run. Often inscribed as such in flour.
    On, on - or "On, on!; "On-On!"; On! On!; ON-ON; ON-ON! ON! ON!; On2; On squared etc.
    On On - social drink after the down-downs
    On On On - social eating and drinking after the On On!
    On out - good bye
    On paper! - call by Singapore hashers when on trail
    On Sec - Honorary Secretary
    On Sec's Ass - On Sec's assistant usually
    orang - people, thus orang puteh - white people, orang utan - forest people, thus ape


    padang - open land, thus playing field or parade ground
    padi - growing rice
    paddy - rice field, Irish Hashman
    paper - shredded paper used for marking trail, traditionally 4" square
    pasar - bazaar or market
    passing - indicates competitiveness and rewarded with a down-down
    peon - office messenger
    piss - amber nectar, beer
    poofter - poof, poofta, not welcome on the Hash
    pulau - island, thus Pulau Tioman
    punkah - fan, originally suspended from ceiling and pulled by hand
    punkah - wallah - poor bastard who operates a punkah



    R U? - Are you? Are you on? What's going on up front? Is anyone solving this check?
    Religious Adviser/Advisor - responsible for overall tone and style, emcee
    Resident - senior British administrator in Federal Malay States
    rattan - rotan cane or creeper
    respect - to be shown to the Hash Master, Religious Advisor, or whoever is running the circle
    rule 6 - no poofters! But do check the Yes, Rules! on Harrier International Online's Gateway Page Features.


    sampan - small boat
    sarong - covering, thus wraparound skirt worn by Malay Hashers
    SCB - short-cutting bastard
    selamat - peace, thus greeting
    selat - Strait
    shiggy - mud, any foul-smelling goo
    Siam - Thailand
    sola topee - sun helmet, made from sola pith
    Spiritual Adviser/Advisor - responsible for overall tone and style, emcee
    sponsors - help provide Hash apparel and ensemble
    Spotted Dog - Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, also known as the `Dog'
    stengah - half measure of whisky
    syce - groom, thus chauffeur


    taipan - European head of a hong
    tapper - rubber forest worker who taps rubber trees
    tin bath - original container for post-run drinks of beer and ginger beer
    topee - hat, solar topee
    Trail Master - in charge of runs calendar programme, sometimes checks runs
    tuak - rice wine, toddy
    tuan - honorific, sir, for men of rank, thus Europeans
    tutup - closed, thus tutup jacket - white jacket buttoned to the neck


    ulu - headwaters of river, thus upriver region, jungle
    UMS - Unfederated Malay States, comprising Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis and Johore


    verandah - open-pillared gallery round house or club. (Portuguese. verandas - balcony)


    Webmaster - one who manages or maintains a home page or web site for the hash i.e. Back Entrance
    Web Mattress - A female who manages or maintains a home page or web site for the hash
    whipper-in - traditionally organised the act of "checking" for paper trail in the game of hare and hounds



    YWHMH - Your Worshipful Hash Master Himself