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Why do people clink their wine glasses together when making a toast?

Asked by AstroChuck (37609points) May 26th, 2008

How did this tradition start?

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Mtl_zack's avatar

when kings had feasts with their allies, they were very cautious about who they could trust. if poison was in one persons glass, it would spill into the other persons glass as well, making the assasination very risky.

breedmitch's avatar

True. The point of clinking glasses was for each of you to spill a little of your wine into the other’s glass, thereby proving neither of you were poisoning each other. I wouldn’t suggest doing this with today’s stemware. You have to clink too hard.

cheebdragon's avatar

maybe high-fives didnt seem appropriate…..?

Maverick's avatar

they could have taken a swig and then kissed each other… That would have proved it too. Maybe there would have been less hate in the world that way. ;)

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