Hash Terminology

Hash (noun): A non-competitive cross country run through varied terrain. The runners (acting as hounds) follow a trail set by another runner (called the “hare”), for example: “Did you go to Monday’s hash? (noun): A Hash House Harriers club, often referred to as “The Hash”  (verb): To participate in a hash, for example: “Did you hash last Monday?”

BOP  Hasher who runs at the Back Of the Pack. Unlike FRB’s these hashers actually have half a mind. Most BOP’s know that hashers of the opposite sex have covered their backsides with only a thin layer of spandex.

Check or Checking  A trail marking indicating that the trail splits and the frops must look for the true trail. Some hashes don’t mark checks; the trail markings just disappear and begin again some distance away

Checkback  A falsie or the trail marking at the end of a falsie

Down-Down  Chug-a-lug some sort of liquid (usually beer). Hashers usually chant “Drink it down, down, down, down…” when someone down-downs

FRB  FRont Running Bastard (a.k.a. FROP) – This masochistic idiot actually runs the whole trail! Quickly!

By running most of the checkbacks (a.k.a. falsies) FRB’s usually find the true trail before the rest of the pack arrives. This saves the rest of the pack time and effort and ensures they reach the On-In (and the beer) as swiftly as possible. Thus FRB’s are much loved

Falsie  A false trail which the hare has marked to confuse the hash and slow down the FRB’s (also see checkback)

FROP  Hasher who runs at the FRont Of the Pack (a.k.a. FRB)

Harriette  Female Hasher. This term is not really used in Whitehorse. Our women and men just call themselves “Hashers”

Hasher  Anyone who hashes… be they animal, vegetable or mineral

On-On  What hashers yell when they see a trail marking

Shiggy  Any foul, messy and vile landscape that you must run through. Hashers love it!

SCB  Short Cutting Bastard (also see BOP)