Have some cleansing tea on hand, in case there’s a lexicographer in the room

Zadie Smith’s recent lubricant advice for young people (unscented) reminds me of her A-Z list, which includes a tip on discussing hash in mixed company:

It’s important to know the right word for things. Say hash and you say hash but somewhere somebody is using the mid-nineteenth century term charas and getting away with it. I’m not saying you have to use it, but next time you’re getting stoned you might want to think about it, is all.