29
Jul
09

Why do we clinck glasses before drinking?


Why do we Clink glasses before drinking?

As usual, this being an old practice has many many theories as to why Clinking originated

  • early Europeans believed that the sound of clashing tankards would scare away evil spirits.
  • A more recent notion suggests an appreciation among revelers for all five senses: sight, taste, smell, and, with the clinking, sound and touch.

But the most provocative theory of all — and one that’s much-debated — is attached to an ancient fear that an enemy might try to poison a drink. To prove that a drink was safe, a host would pour some of his guest’s wine into his own drinking vessel and drink it first. This evolved into crashing tankards together so that a little of each drink spilled into the other. Eventually, guests and hosts demonstrated their friendship (and their trust) by touching glasses.

Next question: Why do we say Cheers?

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2 Responses to “Why do we clinck glasses before drinking?”


  1. 1 Trish
    August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    So – why do we say cheers?


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