According to New York-based Etiquette International, the term "toasting" comes from the Latin "tostus," which means parched or roasted. It has origins in the Roman practice of putting a piece of burned bread into a goblet of wine to mellow its, ahem, robust flavor.

So, why do we clink glasses? Drinking lore suggests that the sound of clinking glasses drives away any evil spirits in the wine; other experts believe it developed as a way to preserve contact during celebration, since people no longer drink from a communal goblet. We like that theory.

-- Jessica Yadegaran




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