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"Ooogy Wawa!" Toasting Etiquette and International Toasts

Look deep into her eyes and imagine something nice when you clink your drink glasses together.

By Daniel Corrieri

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of toasting came about? One explanation dates back to 16th century England. Water was too dangerous to drink, so the people drank beer all the time. (A sacrifice I'm sure plenty of you would be willing to make!) Even wine could be tainted. In order to make it taste better, a piece of spiced bread (toast!) was put in the cup to add some flavor as well as absorb some of the acidity.

It's always a good idea to make a toast to each other when you offer your date her first glass of wine. Don't be rude or crude, just keep it simple.

At the very least I always say "cheers" when clinking glasses with a girl I am cooking for. Saying something like "to our future" is not only cheesy, but too assuming. You don't want to scare her off. The most impotant thing is to always look her in the eyes when you toast each other. You'll make an excellent impression and get your evening off to a promising start.

Some amusing toasting examples:

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never face the wrong way."

"Cheers to you and cheers to me, the best of friends we'll always be. But just in case we disagree, to hell with you and cheers to me."

"May the grass on your road to hell grow long for lack of use."

"Here's to those who wish us well, all the rest can go to hell."

If you are going out with a gal who isn't American, below are some common toasts from countries around the world. These could also be handy if you are in a particular country and you want to impress the locals and toast their way.
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A Votre Sante! France To your health
Alla Salute! Italy In good health
Cin Cin (Chin Chin) Italy Cheers
Cheers England  
Bottoms up England  
Proost Dutch Cheers
Prosit! Germany Here is to you and your health of course
Salud Spain / Mexico Health
Saude Brazil Health
Skal Sweeden Cheers
Slainte (Slang) Irleland  
Slainte duine a ol Irleland To your health
Le'chaim! Hebrew (Israel) To life
Kanpai Japan Dry glass
Bonzai Japan Long life
Na Zdrowie Poland  
Vivat Poland Survival
A saude Portuguese Good health
Egé szé gé re! Hungary To your health
Wen lie! China  
Yasas! Greek  
Za vashe zdorovye! Russia  
Genatzt Armenian  
Bud mo Ukranian  
Tervist Estonian  
Lechyd da Welsh Good health
I sveikas Lithuuanian Your health
Kippis Finland Cheers
Na zdrav Czech To your health
Noroc Romania  
Ooogy Wawa! Africa (Zulu)  
Slàinte, sonas agus beartas Scottish Health, wealth and happiness

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