You may find yourself surrounded by hashers that seem to be speaking in tongue. It could be the drink speaking, but most likely they're speaking with hash words. Here is a list to get you started.
RU (Are You?) Question yelled by Hashers to determine if you are on trail. You respond with "Checking", "On-On", "Looking" or "Lost". Alternately blow a whistle.
Back Check (BC#)A mark that tells the pack to back check on the trail they've been running. The hare(s) is trying to prolong his/her trail by setting a trail that only looks like true trail. Once the pack has found the back check, they must go back however many number of hash marks indicated and look for true trail from that mark.
Bad (false) Trail (three parallel lines placed close together) This is similar to a back check, except that the trail just stops as indicated and the pack must return to the last checkpoint and look again for true trail. Every kennel has their own version of this and it may also be known as a wrong way, re-group, YBF, or (our kennel's favorite name) a blowjob.
Beer Check (BC or a B inside a circle) A special check with beer and water somewhere along the trail.
Beer Neer (BN) This is by far the most important mark on trail. A mark indicating that beer and/or the On-In is close by.
Chalk A white (sometimes colored) substance used to mark trails.
Check or Checkpoint A mark made by the Hare in the shape of a circle with an X in the center (our kennel just uses an X). At this mark it is necessary for the FRB's to spread out and find the trail. The trail could lead in any direction from a check.
Checking A Hasher who has reached a check and is looking for the trail. A response to "Are You?" assuming that is what you are doing.
Circle The time after the pack has finished the trail when miscreants, visitors, virgins and other deviants are punished with a down down. Usually run by the RA or the GM (or both).
DFL Dead Fucking Last, usually the opposite of the FRB, unless the FRB is in fact DFL.
DOWN DOWN A Hash tradition where a Hasher drinks 12 ounces of his/her favorite beverage. Once you start, you must finish the entire contents prior to removing the vessel from your lips. As the Hash saying goes, "What doesn't go in you, goes on you!" Inversion of the drinking vessel upon completion of the Down Down is absolutely necessary as proof of its accomplishment. The wearing of headgear, hats, caps, visors or other head based paraphernalia is expressly prohibited during a Down Down.
FRB or FBI Front Running Bastard or First Bitch In. Overachieving Hashers who forget that Hashing is non-competitive. A good trail will confuse the FRB's so that they regularly end up being DFL and running past the rest of the pack two or three times.
GM Grand Master, usually the senior or most experienced Hasher. In some Hashes they sometimes take on an advisory role, while in others they provide leadership for the mismanagement. Usually complains about how Hashing has changed since the old days. Runs the Circle in conjunction with the RA. Female GMs are known as Grand Mistress or Grand Mattress.
Hare A Hasher who lays a trail for the pack to follow.
Hare Raiser "Encourages" Hashers to hare runs. Better known as the dumb sucker.
Hare's Arrow (or harrow) An arrow which indicates that you are definitely on trail. If you're a virgin, check with other Hashers as this mark varies from Hash to Hash (usually an arrow with three parallel lines drawn perpendicular over the tail end of the arrow).
Hare's High A euphoric state usually brought about as a result of the impending run, sometimes it is beer-induced. Symptoms include: skin rashes, shortness of breath, beady eyes, tunnel vision, hornieness and erect nipples.
The Hash The collective group of misfits, miscreants, the morally bankrupt and criminally insane.
Hasher Male and female Hash members.
Harrier A Male hasher (usually).
Harriette A Female of the species. Or a male of the opposite sex.
Hash Typically flour or chalk.
Hash Cash The Hash embezzler, responsible for skimming money from the Hashers who turn up. Treasurer of the Hash.
Hash Hotline The Hash Hotline is 615-852-MCH3 (6243). But you'd do better to join MCH3 Yahoo Group.
Hashit A special symbol of individual Hashes, sometimes a toilet plunger with various Hash accoutrements, but could be most anything. MCH3 does not have an official Hashit, although Donkey's Ass (may he rest in peace) did have a lot of items accumulated in a special box at his house.
Hash Name Your parents had no idea what they were doing when they named you. The Hash will fix that. A Hash Name is a fond nickname bestowed upon a Hasher after a certain number of runs, on special occasions or when the Hasher has done something so absurdly stupid that the Hash couldn't wait to name them. It is considered bad form to call a Hasher by another name whilst at the Hash. Of course if your parents gave you a really embarrassing name like Archibald or Cuthbert you might keep that as you Hash name. * Note: Don't be too eager to get a Hash Name. It is usually something you would rather NEVER tell your mother.
Hash Stash An extra bag or two of hash hidden in advance on the route of the trail so that the wise hare doesn't have to carry too much with him from the start. Much kudos (beer) is gained by the SCBs who locate the Hash Stash before the Hare gets there.
Hash Trash A Hash newsletter written by the scribe.
Looking A Hasher who hasn't seen a mark in some time and is looking for the trail. Another possible response to "Are you?"
Homepage The local Hash Homepage is http://www.musiccityhash.com
Mismanagement The collective group of undesirables elected/forced to mismanage the affairs of the Hash. They handle money, buy beer, recruit Hares, scribe newsletters and loosely organize the Hash to prevent chaos. If you believe you can do a better job and therefore complain about the pisspoor job being done by the current lot then you will be erected to the mismanagement committee in order to put your money where your mouth is.
ON-IN The end of the trail.
ON-ON Shouted to encourage other Hashers by indicating that you are on true trail. Two short blasts of a whistle also work. The usual response to "Are you?"
ON-ON-ON (not used in this kennel, we call it the On-After) After the trail is run, beer gone, and the half-witted only half-filled, it's time for the ON ON ON. A place to continue the festivities. Beer is a must.
On Sec The Hasher who keeps track of runs, etc. Usually the only person in the Hash who can count or knows someone who can. Sometimes this name refers to the hare raiser (just to be confusing).
Pack Arrow A half-arrow left by members of the pack, usually FRB's, to indicate where the pack has gone. This mark varies from Hash to Hash (could be chalk, a scraping of one's foot, or any object an FRB can grab that's readily at hand). It is not always accurate!
RA Religious Advisor, leads the Hash in various songs, punishes sinners during circle, provides atmosphere and generally is a pain in the arse to everyone else.
SCB (zenner) Short Cutting Bastards. Sneaky, devious Hashers who manage to find a shorter, but not always better, route to the On In. Motivated by beer, susceptible to becoming lost and prone to trespassing. The goal of all SCBs is snaring the hare, regardless of what they say. Quite often an SCB actually turns out to be an LCB (Long-cutting Bastard) and turns up about an hour after everyone else.
Scribe Hasher responsible for publishing newsletters, etc. Usually the only literate Hasher in the Hash. MCH3 Hashers all seem to have to much to do for anyone to last more than 1 minute as scribe.
Shiggy Trees, brush, briars, poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac, obstacles, rivers, creeks, streams, mud, swamps, hills, valleys, and most things that are natural. Most Hashers reckon that a good trail should contain lots of shiggy.