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Why do people touch glasses when they say cheers?

One theory is that the "spirits" in alcoholic were considered actual malicious entities, but could be frightened away with noise! Any Suggestions here?

8 comments

  1. Myesha Reply:

    It is common for people to schedule a "toasting time," so the waiters can traditions and allow the bridesmaids and bride to make toasts if they'd like. 5. Say, "Cheers" to conclude your toast. 6. Clink your glasses with those around you , but remember that it's not necessary for you to touch glasses with everyone at the table. Source:http://www.ehow.com/how_7529925_toast-wedding-anniversary.html

  2. Cecile Reply:

    If you wish to honor those present, say something such as, "We would like to extend For a toast, South Africans raise their glasses and say "Cheers!" On less formal occasions, they sometimes clink their glasses together and say "Chin Chin ." After the first toast and touching of the glasses, glasses are tapped on the table

  3. Deena Reply:

    Touch the table to symbolically toast those who are out of reach, lost or fallen comrades. Source:http://www.chacha.com/question/why-do-people-touch-there-glass-to-the-table-after-a-cheers

  4. Marquetta Reply:

    Cheers→ Salud Source:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_say_cheers_in_Spanish_like_when_holding_a_glass_of_wine

  5. Gaye Reply:

    Toasting, especially drinking "to your health" actually began as a way of ensuring that the drinks were not poisoned. Source:http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-the-origin-of-the-tradition-to-cheers-or-touch-glasses

  6. Jacquelyne Reply:

    why do we keep glasses down saying cheers while drinking? When we do cheers, we take one sip and after taking first sip after then keep the glasses down, why so ?

  7. Trinidad Reply:

    HEY!!! Wheres the ending??????!!!!I LOVE it- please add on or Ill cry!!!========*sees ending*Thanks- I wasnt expecting such an ending LOL==========Heres what I think:1) and focused my attention on more important issues – LIKE my party!2) The big goofy smile that was once plastered across SaraHs face 3) repulsed that she was within ONE metre of me4) I could see tears START to well up in her eyes5) As she turned and stumbled away [COMMA] I could see her the tears beginning to rack her body with shuddersMERE TEARS DO NOT HAVE THAT EFFECT ON THE BODY- SOBBING DOES!6) I shot a glance over AT Claire who was getting ready in the mirror next to me7) hundreds of alcohol [INSERT HYPHEN: ALCOHOL-FUELLED] fuelled teenagers8) i was pretty [COMMA] i was popular and i HAD everything i wanted, nothing could ruin this night! 9) “Awesome party [COMMA] Amber!” shouted someone from the crowd of wild teens [YOU ALREADY SAID THE PLACE WAS FULL OF TEENAGERS, SO THIS IS NEEDLESS REPITITION], causing everyone to cheer in approval!10) Only [THAT NIGHT] she wasnt so ugly, actually she looked quite beautifulBE CAREFUL NOT TO SWING TOO MUCH BETWEEN PRESENT TENSE AND PAST TENSE!11) I stared at her in amazement, but [THAT] soon turned to hatred! 12) In-fact, she easily surpassed my beauty by miles!BETTER: IN FACT, HER BEAUTY EASILY SURPASSED MINE BY FAR! (BEAUTY IS NOT MEASURED IN MILES LOL)13) “What are you doing here![QUESTION MARK]” I screamed, [PERIOD, NOT COMMA]14) “I heard THERE was a party on [COMMA]” [SMALL S NOT CAPITAL ----] She replied in her sickly [INSERT HYPHEN: SICKLY-SWEET] sweet voice!15) causing her to fall backwards,[PERIOD, NOT COMMA] a gasp escaped her 16) “Why did you do that??” She [SMALL S IN SHE, NOT CAPITAL]17) “How DARE you come to my party ugly girl [QUESTION AND EXCLAMATION MARKS MISSING]18) i couldnt let her know she was prettier than me, that she HAD out shined me!19) please dont hurt me [COMMA, SMALL S--] She spluttered 20) She spluttered as tears chocked her throat!BETTER: AS A SOB CHOKED IN HER THROAT21) she was covered in mud but her beauty STILL shone through!22) NOBODY!! [REMOVE PERIOD]23) They WERE staring at me as if i was some kind of monster24) REVISE YOUR PUNCTUATION- IN MANY PLACES, YOU USED i INSTEAD OF I, STARTED SENTENCES WITH SMALL LETTERS AND USED CAPITALS WHERE YOU SHOULDNT HAVE!:-)

  8. Lavone Reply:

    Why do you say 'cheers' when you drink? Sometimes the glasses are touched ( clinked) together during the toast. no they do not as it has to do with spirits

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