Why A Toast Is Called A Toast

New Year’s Eve is coming. And that means it’s time to make a toast to 2017. Not surprisingly, there’s nothing I love more than a great toast to top off a festive evening. At the same time, thinking about toasting made me wonder how this tradition even started. Believe it or not, the term “toast” originated in the 16th century when people would drop a piece of toast into a cup of wine to improve the flavor. One of the first written accounts of this was in Shakespeare’s The

Five “No No’s” of Giving A Toast

We’ve all been victims of bad speeches. The speaker strides up to the microphone and starts talking. You find yourself visibly cringing at what is being said. You look around the room to see if it’s just you, but you are met with looks of horror on other people’s faces. You see others avoiding eye contact, or trying hard not to laugh. You see the sweat pouring down the speaker’s face as he/she struggles to finish the speech. You breathe a sigh of relief that the torture