The process of making a sort of sweet barley soup which is then fermented into beer is called "mashing". The vessel in which this is done is called a "mashing tun". The soup is called the mash.

After mashing the malt for sufficient time to convert the starch in the grains into sugar, one sparges the spent grains to get all the sweet liquid off them. These grains are then useful for cattle feed or fertilizer, but in my experience they aren't much good in bread.

Older people in the Southern United States sometimes use "mash" as a verb meaning "to press". The word is usually uttered in such a strong Southern accent that a neophyte Yankee can't possibly understand it. For example, if you're in an elevator next to the buttons and a kindly old gentleman gets on, he may well say:

"Mayush fo', ee-ya wuh."

which, without the accent, is

"Mash four, if you would,"

which, when translated, means

"Would you please push the 'four' button?"

The term usually takes something like a button or a switch as a direct object; one could conceivably mash a computer key, too, although most people who use this term don't seem to be the computer-literate sort. "Mash" does not take on all the senses of "press"; one does not mash a garment, nor does one mash against someone.

There. Now if you're ever in an elevator in Dixieland, you'll know what to do.

melknia tells me that some young Canadians use "mash" in this sense. So I modify my above statement: if you're north or south of the American North, you'll hear the word used this way. Strange...

Mistress Mash

If you like bacon, spam, and drinking massive heaps of alcohol, this is the recipe for you! It tastes better each time you reheat it, much like meatloaf. Known for its special powers for curing hangovers, and its thick, pasty, salty goodness... I bring you Mistress Mash!
Note: Because it fills you up pretty fast, you may want to downsize the portions in the recipe. I like to make a lot so I can reheat it for a quick meal.

1) Crumble bacon into bits.
2) Boil water for the potato flakes. Once you get a rolling boil, throw in the eggs* and stir it a bit.
3) Take it off the burner, add cheese and potato flakes.
4) Stir in bacon bits and diced spam.
*I prefer to stir in the egg after I've added the flakes, but I changed the order around one day and everyone loved it like that. Adding the eggs before the potato makes egg bits. My way makes the mash thicker and eggy.

Voila! Now rest your aching arms, then serve yourself a bowl of some tasty mash.

US Army acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

These are rapid-deployment hospitals to be used in the perimiter of conflict areas. In NATO, a large responsibility for deploying and maintaining MASH units rests upon the Norwegian army and air force. The tent-based system from the TV series M*A*S*H is outdated. The Norwegian Air Force uses container based systems that hook up to each other, forming a true indoor facility. These containers provide a surgical-standard clean room, are ABC resistant and highly mobile. A MASH unit can be established in one day, provided a good flat area is available.

A typical MASH unit has two operating theatres, a 40-bed recovery area, sanitary facilities, generator unit, clean water units, storage unit, administrative and personell units. There are no chow areas, these hospitals are so near combat that everyone eats MREs.

Perimiter defense is maintained by standard army personel, but usually MASH units are out of range for the enemy artillery and mortars so no other defense than armed guards is necessary. In a hot situation, medical personell will carry SSG or MP5.

Transportation of units can be done via helicopter or truck, assembly is done with mobile crane and is the responsiility of the engineer corps.

MASH is a fairly common fortune telling game played by children. It stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shed, House (although shed is highly debatable, and is often replaced with swamp, shack, sewer, or street), those being the four options for where someone might live. The game continues on to give you an extensive description of your life in the future.

In order to play, you will need a pen, some paper, and, if possible, a friend. You start by picking a number of categories that you feel might be important to your future -- where you might live, who you might marry, number of kids, what car you might drive -- and both players contribute a number of possible options. Some rule-sets prescribe four options for each list, some say three per player; it doesn't really matter, although the fact that the name of the game provides four options does give you a strong hint as to the most common choice. It is common, although not universal, to choose a range of options including at least one great option, one terrible option, and one okay option. It is also common to include one silly/crazy answer, although the title fails us here.

Once your lists are completed, you will have to pick a random number. The most common way to do this is have one player start drawing a spiral on the paper, and the other player telling them when to stop; one then draws a line across the spiral, and counts how many times the line intersects with the spiral. This provides the 'magic number'. Alternatively, you can have one player make tic marks, write random numbers, roll a die, or whatever else you may feel.

For each list you then count off the items, crossing off an item when you reach the magic number. When you reach the end of the list, you cycle back to the top of the list, and keep crossing items off until you have only one remaining option: that is your true fate. Move onto the next list.

In researching this, I found that a surprising number of people have quite serious questions about this game. In almost every case, the answer is "if you want to, sure." The International M.A.S.H. Federation, the controlling body for maintaining MASH rules and standards, has remained obligingly imaginary, giving players a tremendous amount of latitude in gameplay.

MASH has been around since at least the 1950s, and has spread around the world. It occurs in many different versions under many different names, but MASH seems to be consistently the most common, and is becoming more standardized with the advent of the internet. It is now possible to download pre-formatted MASH sheets, play MASH online, or download MASH apps. Regardless, this is a game that is entirely dependent on spirit of those playing it, and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of those playing it.

Iron Noder

Mash (?), n.

A mesh.



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Mash, n. [Akin to G. meisch, maisch, meische, maische, mash, wash, and prob. to AS. miscian to mix. See Mix.]


A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state. Specifically Brewing, ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.


A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.


A mess; trouble.


Beau. & Fl.

Mash tun, a large tub used in making mash and wort.


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Mash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mashed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Mashing.] [Akin to G. meischen, maischen, to mash, mix, and prob. to mischen, E. mix. See 2d Mash.]

To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush; as, to mash apples in a mill, or potatoes with a pestle. Specifically Brewing, to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort.

Mashing tub, a tub for making the mash in breweries and distilleries; -- called also mash tun, and mash vat.

<-- mashed potato. n. the name of a dance, briefly popular in the 1960's.

mashed potatoes n. pl. Potatoes which have been boiled and mashed to a pulpy consistency, usu. with sparing addition of milk, salt, butter, or other flavoring. It is a popular accompaniment to a meat course [U.S., 1900's], providing bulk and calories to a meal. -->


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