History of “Cheers”

history of cheers

Ever wondered why people say a big ole ‘cheers’ before drinking? Clinking their glasses together, spilling precious beers, pronouncing ‘cheers’ as ‘cheyers’, it doesn’t really make sense does it?. However saying ‘cheers’ or a toast before gulping down an ale is an age old tradition which has been in existence for around thousands of years. Heck, some countries even believe that not saying a toast before drinking will jinx you for seven years, though the stumbling and falling is probably because you’re drunk and clumsy and not cause of a curse.

The word ‘Cheers’ has been derived from the French word ‘chiere’ meaning ‘face’. Glasses were clinked together so that some of the drink was spilled in each other’s glasses, indicating it was free of poison. Talk about trust issues. However, this is just a legend.

In the early days, in some parts of Europe, it was also believed that clashing of mugs would scare away the ‘evil spirits’, no pun intended. The latest notion suggests that clinking of glasses is done to appreciate all five senses among the revelers i.e. sight, taste, smell, sound and touch. As a toast, the word “cheers” is an early 20th-century saying.

Well, there you have it. So the next time you sip on a glass of fresh beer, don’t forget to say ‘cheers!’, unless you want evil spirits and jinxes following you.

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