How the Irish say good job, congrats, bye-bye, and fare-thee-well

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Common wisdom has it that the first to lift a glass to salute a fellow drinker were
the Danes, who are said to have hoisted a brew-filled bull’s horn to bid farewell to
a traveler or a lost comrade.
Several centuries later, the Brits made the ritual a bit more complex by dipping a
piece of toasted bread into the drink to lend a maltier flavor. Does it suggest a certain
lack of originality to note that they called the ritual “toasting”? No matter: Soon
everybody and his brother used the term to describe a liquid salute.
Naturally, the poetic Irish turned the everyday toast (“Here’s to ya”) into memorable
poetry. Consider the toasts that follow:
* Here’s to the maiden of bashful fifteen,
Here’s to the widow of fifty.
Here’s to the flaunting extravagant queen,
And here’s to the housewife that’s thrifty.
I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.
* May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm on your face,
And rains fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
(And never close His fist too tight.)
You can add that last line from a similar toast.
* May your coffin have six handles of the finest silver.
May your coffin be carried by six young maidens.
And may your coffin be made of the finest wood
From 100-year-old trees
That I’m going to plant tomorrow.
* I used to know a clever toast.
But now I cannot think it.
So fill your glass to anything
And damn your souls, I’ll drink it.
After toasts like these, the only thing left to say is Slan (pronounced slawn), which
is the good Gaelic word for farewell.

TAG: irish-distilled Spirits spirits

Quote Delete Na-Na   /   2011-03-14 10:15:44
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