Why do we ‘clink’ glasses together when we say “Cheers!” before drinking with friends and acquaintances?
The first story I heard was that making a noise when you knock the glasses together frightens evil spirits and demons, and in this way, they do not go into your mouth when you drink alcohol (that evil drink !).
It sounds interesting but I prefer the story that suggests that by pouring a little of your drink into your friend’s glass and then receiving some of your friend’s drink, you would show that there was no poison in your cup or glass and you were not trying to poison him or her. The pouring became vigorous knocking and then ‘clinking’ with time.
What do you think ?