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    The Meaning of SKOL

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    The Meaning of SKOL

    All right Johnny, quit tossing and turning and wetting the bed. Here it is:

    SKULL:This explanation of the word "skull" in the English language may not be etymologically correct, but it's a story worth repeating. The fierce Norse warriors, forever drunk on ale, had a particularly barbaric way of celebrating their conquests. They would drink strong ale from the boiled craniums of their foes, toasting their victory with the word "Skol" (thus "skull")!

    "Shale" comes from the Old English root "scael" that also evolved into "shell," "scale," "skull," and the Norse toast "Skol" (allegedly a reference to the Viking habit of drinking from skulls).

    "Skol!"

    Skol is a Scandinavian toast. In other countries the translation is:

    Bahamas ( Cheers)
    Bali ( Selemat,say-lamat)
    Brazil ( Saude,sa-ood-eh)
    Bulgaria ( Nazdrave,nahz-drove-eh,To your health!)
    China ( Kan pei,kan-pei,Bottoms up!)
    Czech ( Na Zdravi,nahz-drah-vee,To your health!)
    Denmark ( Skal,skol,A salute to you!)
    Finland ( Kippis,,Cheers!)
    France ( A votre sante,ah vote santay,To your Health)
    Gaelic ( Slainthe,Slan-jeh,Health!)
    Germany ( Prosit,pro-zit,Cheers!)
    Great Britian ( Cheers)
    Greece ( Stin Ygai-sou,Stin ee-ya-soo,To your Health!)
    Hawaii ( Kamau,kama-u,Here's how!)
    Hungary ( Egeszsegedre,,To your Health)
    Iceland ( Skal,skol,A salute to you!)
    Ireland ( Slainte,slauntca Cheers, to your health)
    Israel ( L'chaim,la-kiam,To life!)
    Italy ( Alla tua salute,,To your health!)
    Italy ( Cin-cin,,All good things for you! )
    Japan ( Kan pai,,kan-pie,Bottoms up)
    Kenya ( Kwa afya yako,kwa-afee-ya yah-ko)
    Korea ( Gun bai,kun buy,Bottoms up)
    Malaysia ( Yam seng,yam seng)
    Mandarin ( Gan bei,,Drain the glass)
    Mexico ( Salud,sah-lood,Bottoms up)
    Morocco ( Sahrtek,sah-tek,To your health!)
    Netherlands ( Cheers)
    New Zealand ( Cheers)
    Norway ( Skal,skol,A salute to you!)
    Philippines ( Mubuhay,Mah-boo-hay,Long life!)
    Poland ( Na zdrowie,nahz-drove-eh,To your health)
    Portugal ( A sua saude,,To your health!)
    Romania ( Noroc,,Good luck!)
    Russia ( Za vashe,z-dorovye,To your health!)
    Saudia Arabia ( Hanian,Congratulations!)
    Scotland ( Slainte mhoiz,, Good health!)
    Singapore ( Yam seng,,To your continuing success!)
    Spain,Salud ( sah-lood,To your health!)
    Sweden,Skal ( skol,A salute to you!)
    Tanzania ( Kwa afya yako,kwa-afee-ya yah-ko)
    Thailand ( Chai yo,ch-aye yog,Victory)
    Thailand ( Chook Dee,,Good luck)
    Turkey ( Serefinize,ser-ay-fin-eeze,To your honor!)
    Uruguay ( Salud,sah-lood)
    Wales ( Hwyll,hoyle,Best of luck, Have fun, cheers)
    Wales ( Lechyd da,yacki da,God be with you)
    Wales ( bo-bein)
    Yugoslavia ( Ziveli,shiv-elli,To your health!)

    So Johnny, imagine Hovan holding Fav-Ray's skull high above his head and yelling the battle cry, "SKOL!!"

    SKOL Vikes!
    Cheese Whiz Johnny!
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    Edmund Burke

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