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February 3, 2005

Drinking to Your Health... Literally!

Whether or not they're correct, I love coming across intriguing explanations for sayings and traditions such as that explained by Ukraine president Victor Yushchenko and reported by Jay Nordlinger:

Then he claims that the toast — the act of toasting — originated in Kiev, anciently. You see, the most popular method of eliminating one's opponents was poison. (This, of course, is all too meaningful, coming from Yushchenko.) So you clinked your glasses extra hard, so that some of his drink would spill into yours, and some of yours would spill into his.

Tell me if you've heard another explanation, but this one may be too good to check.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 3, 2005 7:55 PM
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