A toast is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill and it can be used as a way of saying let’s drink to your good fortune or good health or let’s get drunk, so bottoms up and empty your glass. The gesture of sharing a drink is a universal language of friendship and celebration around the world. No matter where you go around the world or what you drink, people everywhere appreciate a toast to good health and good cheer. Argentinians or Argentines say salud, Belgians say santé or schol, Brazilians say saúde or tim-tim, Chinese say ganbei, Costa Ricans say pura vida, in the Czech Republic they say na zdraví, in Denmark they say skål, the Finnish say kippis, in France they say à votre santé, in Germany they say prost or zum wohli, in Greece they say Stinygiasou, Italians say Salute or cin cin, the Japanese say Kampai, Mexicans say saludin, in the Netherlands they say proost, Russians say Nostrovia, in Scotland they say slàinte and the Swedish say skal.
A well-delivered toast can mean the difference between a good night and a great night. For many salespeople, drinking with clients is part of how they solidify relationships, close deals, and keep their customers happy. If the ocean was beer and I was a duck, I would swim to the bottom and drink myself up. But the ocean’s not beer and I’m not a duck, so let’s drink these pints and get messed up. At a wedding someone might toast, to the three rings of marriage: the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering. You can’t go wrong using the words of Abraham Lincoln when he said, “With malice toward none; with charity for all.”
Written for 6/30/18 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “cheers”.