When you raise your glass after an impressive speech, do you say “Here, here!” or “Hear, hear!”?
The correct phrase is: Hear, hear! That is, unless someone is asking, “Who wants more wine?” Then you can say, “Here, here!” and pound your fists on the table.
“Hear, hear!” simply means “hear him” or “hear her” and is a sign of approval of the previous speaker.
Imbibing around the world
To add some cultural flair the next time you toast, try doing it in another language. Below is a sampling of toasts across the globe.
Malay: Sihat selalu!
Polish: Na zdrowie!
Erin Servais is the founder of Dot and Dash, LLC, an author-services company focusing on women writers and offering a range of editing, coaching, and social media packages.
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