Monday 16 July 2007

Phrase of the Day 118: 'to propose a toast'

"to propose a toast"

definition of 'a toast': the act of raising a glass and drinking in honour of or to the health of a person or thing.

(pronést prípitek)

example: "I would like to propose a toast to Gavin and Lucy: To a long and happy marriage!"

origin: this often used phrase comes from an 18th century punch bowl drink made with cider, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices and garnished with pieces of toast that would float on top. I'm unsure of the purpose of the toast and can't imagine a burnt piece of bread being "decorative," but next New Years Eve, don't forget to include the toast!

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