Don’t you find it weird how people raise a glass of wine or brandy when in fact they should be raising a slice of toast? I’d like to know where ‘raise a toast’ comes from and exactly what it means.
In North America it’s popular to say bottom’s up. The Scottish say ‘slangeva’ (forgive me my Scottish pals if I didn’t spell that one right)
toast (n.) Look up toast at Dictionary.com
“a call to drink to someone’s health,” 1700 (but said by Steele, 1709, to date to the reign of Charles II), originally referring to the beautiful or popular woman whose health is proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast to flavor drink, the lady regarded as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk. The verb meaning “to propose or drink a toast” also is first recorded 1700. This probably is the source of the Jamaican and U.S. black word meaning “extemporaneous narrative poem or rap” (1962)
When we raise a toast, we often raise it to good health (see above). Considering the contents of the glass my childish mind finds this amusing.
So, what sayings do you find stupid when people are celebrating?