Where’d we get the toast “Here’s mud in your eye”? From horse racers of old. It was the humorous equivalent of saying, “I hope the horse you ride is right behind mine.”
Other sources say that “Here’s mud in your eye” was first an Australian toast. But it was used a lot more than that other Australian toast: “Here’s more hair on your navel!”
Where does the custom of toasting come from? In Greece during the sixth century B.C., a host, after the wine was poured, raised his cup for all to see and drank — to prove it wasn’t poisoned.
The most common toast in Spanish-speaking cultures is “Salud,” which means “Health.”
“Cheers” (and its local-language equivalent) is a common toast in many countries, including Australia, Canada, France (Tchin), Holland (proost), India, Japan (kampai), Norway (skol), Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland (Prost), and the United States.
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