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Tchin-Tchin (Cheers) !

Do you know where does the French expression “Tchin-Tchin” (Cheers) come from?

If you had wines in France, or with French people, you may have noticed that many use the word “tchin-tchin” (cheers) when they clink glasses or give a toast. But why?

Indeed, it could be the noise glasses do when they touch, but when we clink glasses, there is only one “Tchin” not two!…that is weird…

Actually, in the Middle Age, the use of poison in food or drinks was far from uncommon. So, in order to check if the person drinking with you was not about to kill you, the first one shocked strongly his glass (made of silver, tin, iron, wood) against the other one in order to put a bit of liquid in it and the second one used to do the same to be “polite” (more likely cautious…)

By mixing the content of the 2 glasses, both drinkers were assured they would not die…at least not alone…

“Tchin-Tchin”