Over the years, the Burning Man community developed its own terminology.

Here’s a glossary to help newcomers understand specific phrases. Not all terms are relevant to OsstidBurn, but it always helps to know more about the community.

Some Burning Man terms, defined:


■ BURNER [or OSSTIDBURNER] : Someone who attends the events associated with Burning Man and who pursues a way of life that reflects the ten principles.


■ PLAYA NAME: This is a nickname that identifies someone during events associated with Burning Man. It may be given to them, or be a name the person chooses for themselves.


■ GREETER: The volunteers who welcome you when you arrive at OsstidBurn.


■ MOOP: An acronym for “Matter Out Of Place” — a term that refers to anything that was not there before the participants arrived. Examples: cigarette butts, bottle caps, costume pieces, feathers, sequins, glitter and confetti, pieces of wood, plastic, metal, broken glass…


■ RANGER: A Black Rock City Ranger is a volunteer trained in mediation and conflict resolution who can intervene in case of a dispute or emergency. If you need help, find a Ranger.


■ THEME CAMP: A campsite created around an idea or artistic concept and designed by a group to create an interactive experience with participants.


■ VIRGIN: Anyone considering attending, or who attends Burning Man for the first time.