One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express friendly feelings towards one's companions before drinking.‘‘Skol!’ And he raised his glass’
here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luckView synonyms
- ‘In order to avoid cliche (a novel concept in football), anyone who described the premiership feeling as ‘fantastic’ had to skol a beer.’
- ‘But to the bringing of so much raw power and some added dimensions to the work, all I can say is skoal!’
- ‘The custom of clinking glasses and meeting a drinking partner's gaze when you ‘skol’ them, is rooted in the Viking warrior tradition of ensuring that no one had poisoned their drink.’
Early 17th century (a Scots use): from Danish and Norwegian skaal, Swedish skål, from Old Norse skál ‘bowl’; perhaps introduced through the visit of James VI to Denmark in 1589.
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