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What do you say when you raise a toast?

Many of my friends say foreign toasts: "Salute!" (Italian), "Prost!" (german), "Sláinte!" (Irish), or "Za zdorov'ye!" (Russian). I guess they're pretty pretentious. Most Americans say "Cheers!" or "To your health!"

My parents always said, "To happy days!" -- I rarely hear other people say that.

by Anonymousreply 56August 15, 2013 8:39 PM

To cooked not event!

by Anonymousreply 1August 15, 2013 1:48 AM

"Where's the margarine fountain?"

by Anonymousreply 2August 15, 2013 1:51 AM

We just say cheers.🍷

by Anonymousreply 3August 15, 2013 1:51 AM

To absent friends (particularly poignant the last few decades).

by Anonymousreply 4August 15, 2013 1:57 AM


by Anonymousreply 5August 15, 2013 2:46 AM

"Fuck yeah, bitches!"

by Anonymousreply 6August 15, 2013 2:50 AM

It's not pretentious to toast with an international phrase, so long as it is pronounced properly and isn't offered over a barrel fire on a cold night with Rosie O'Grady and a bunch of homeless people.

Not that I say anything except "To your health" or something actually relevant to the occasion and people there. In English.

by Anonymousreply 7August 15, 2013 2:52 AM

There are very few moments in life as good as this.

Let's remember it.

To each of us and all of us...

Never have we been more close-

May we never be farther apart.

by Anonymousreply 8August 15, 2013 3:05 AM

Cheers big ears!

Cheers queers!

by Anonymousreply 9August 15, 2013 3:06 AM

I raise my glass and say, "See ya in hell!"

by Anonymousreply 10August 15, 2013 3:12 AM

"we drink to those who love us, we drink to those who don’t. We drink to those who f*** us, and f*** those who don’t!"

by Anonymousreply 11August 15, 2013 3:14 AM

“Here’s to you and here’s to me, And here’s to all the guys that lick us where we pee!”

by Anonymousreply 12August 15, 2013 3:15 AM

No one should be toasting in Russian except to say "Fuck you" as you raise a glass in their direction.

by Anonymousreply 13August 15, 2013 3:18 AM

Here's tae us!

Who's like us?

Dem few--

and they're all daid!

by Anonymousreply 14August 15, 2013 3:24 AM

To family and friends and those absent but not forgotten!

by Anonymousreply 15August 15, 2013 3:25 AM

Sorry, OP, your friends ARE pretentious because they don't know what they're saying. "Na Zdorovie" is not a Russian toast at all.

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by Anonymousreply 16August 15, 2013 3:26 AM

Living well is the best revenge!

by Anonymousreply 17August 15, 2013 3:26 AM

Zivio Ziveli is the proper toast in Serbian.

by Anonymousreply 18August 15, 2013 3:29 AM

When I raise a toast it is usually because I am formally obligated to do so and I say something relevant to the occasion, finishing with "let's raise a glass to [insert relevant noun].

by Anonymousreply 19August 15, 2013 3:31 AM

Formally? Whatever is appropriate to the occasion.

Informally, I have two:

To absent friends.


Confusion to our enemies.

by Anonymousreply 20August 15, 2013 3:36 AM

I like "confusion to our enemies."

What do you think of "Never Betray!"

by Anonymousreply 21August 15, 2013 3:39 AM

Death and destruction.

by Anonymousreply 22August 15, 2013 4:01 AM



by Anonymousreply 23August 15, 2013 4:04 AM

You'd better get into Princeton. Look what happened to your brother.

by Anonymousreply 24August 15, 2013 4:07 AM

In my family we say, "Here's looking up your old address!" I have no idea why.

by Anonymousreply 25August 15, 2013 4:10 AM

I can't spell it correctly so I'll try to spell it phonetically

"Chan donna" or something like that. I don't know what language it is but I think it means 'to another 100 years'

by Anonymousreply 26August 15, 2013 4:13 AM

"Over the teeth and past the gums, look out stomach, here it comes!"

by Anonymousreply 27August 15, 2013 4:14 AM

Cheers! Santé! ¡Salud! L'chaim! Kanpai!

by Anonymousreply 28August 15, 2013 4:20 AM

R27, has good nutrition given you some length of bone?

by Anonymousreply 29August 15, 2013 4:20 AM


by Anonymousreply 30August 15, 2013 4:21 AM

Maybe not R29 but I'm guessing R27 has at least a good handbag.

by Anonymousreply 31August 15, 2013 4:47 AM

Yes, R31, and cheap shoes.

by Anonymousreply 32August 15, 2013 4:52 AM

Cent'anni! (May you live) one hundred years.

by Anonymousreply 33August 15, 2013 7:09 AM

Gan Bei!

by Anonymousreply 34August 15, 2013 7:28 AM

Hold your water, boy!...or else!

by Anonymousreply 35August 15, 2013 8:26 AM

Down zsa hash!

by Anonymousreply 36August 15, 2013 8:31 AM

R25 has the best toast. It's absurd, and that's good. Toasting seems like a dumb tradition, basically pointless (would the drinking or the gathering be diminished if no toast took place?). I don't really drink much alcohol so thankfully I don't find myself making many toasts, but whenever I've been involved in them I've felt essentially the same way I feel about holidays, marriage, and that whole "Bless you"/"thank you" nonsense that follows a sneeze.

Someone recently told me in the middle of a toast that we all had to do it over again because you're supposed to look the person in the eye when you clink glasses. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 37August 15, 2013 9:47 AM


by Anonymousreply 38August 15, 2013 11:17 AM

Never mix, never worry!

by Anonymousreply 39August 15, 2013 1:30 PM

Here's to those who wish us well, and those who don't can go to hell.

by Anonymousreply 40August 15, 2013 1:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 41August 15, 2013 1:48 PM

"Sniff my cunt" is always festive

by Anonymousreply 42August 15, 2013 1:49 PM

Bottoms up!

by Anonymousreply 43August 15, 2013 2:26 PM

The Queen!

by Anonymousreply 44August 15, 2013 2:48 PM

Up your Butt!

by Anonymousreply 45August 15, 2013 2:49 PM

Chez le Grec! (up your ass!)

by Anonymousreply 46August 15, 2013 3:22 PM

Chin! Chin!

by Anonymousreply 47August 15, 2013 3:42 PM

"It's a lawn chair!"

Rhymes with Slainte.

by Anonymousreply 48August 15, 2013 3:46 PM

"Down the hatch!"

by Anonymousreply 49August 15, 2013 4:01 PM

I once accidentally toasted my friends with, "Up your ass!"

I was trying to say either, "Down the hatch" and "Bottoms up" and got confused.

Fortunately these were gay friends so we all had a good laugh.

by Anonymousreply 50August 15, 2013 4:08 PM

[quote]I once accidentally toasted my friends with, "Up your ass!"

That's the same thing as "To happy days!", basically.

by Anonymousreply 51August 15, 2013 4:12 PM

In Italian it is "Cin Cin" (pronounced chin chin).

In Chinese it is Gam Bei ("empty glass"). The Japanese and Koreans use the same phrase with a slightly different pronunciation - Kom Pai.

by Anonymousreply 52August 15, 2013 4:19 PM

Cheers, sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 53August 15, 2013 4:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 54August 15, 2013 5:51 PM

For Elaine Benes @ r40:

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by Anonymousreply 55August 15, 2013 8:25 PM

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