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Why do people tap the table before they take a shot of liquor?

 Where did the custom of tapping your shot glass on the bar or table before drinking it originate? 
Why do people tap the table before they take a shot of liquor? 

Wikianswer  said I learned that the tapping of the shot glass originated as an Irish tradition. All liquors are considered spirits and those spirits are believed to have adverse effects on a persons personality while drinking, so, the tap was a superstitious way of relieveing the alcohol of those spirits for a more successful night of drinking.

The problem with some people is that
When they aren’t drunk they’re sober.
-William Butler Yeats

scaramoche said “The first time I seen that done was in bars in Germany. This was back in the mid 80s so I know it wasn’t a fraternity thing. I remember we were in a bar called Clutch and shooting a drink called bloody brains and everyone did that except me. So I asked why. Out of the 15 or so Germans and Americans that toasted at the time, nobody knew why and some of them were in their 50s at the time. So the tradition goes back what 50 years at least”
 
Eat thy bread with joy,
And drink thy wine with a merry heart.
-Ecclesiastes 9:10

 deepupyourellum  Ask the question “Why do people tap the table before they cheers?”
“As far as I can tell, no. As I should of predicted, there is simply no one historical account or story that is viewed as the genesis for the shot-tapping. There are certainly a great many amount of explanations offered though; here are some of the more persistent ones I kept running into:”   Read what he found here

Work is the curse of the drinking class
-Oscar Wilde

 Ok this site is a great list of rules! Bar Etiquette 101
8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails. If you order a round of shots, they all have to be the same thing.
14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.
15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.
39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.
 49. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don’t plan to finish it, don’t accept it.
55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.
73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.
74. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you, you do not deserve a drink.  read more here

Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.
-Karl Marx

 Bar Etiquette: While at the Bar or Nightclub said
 Do you have mixed drinks? No, all the liquor bottles are here for decoration. Of course, we have mixed drinks. That’s why we have all these bottles of liquor.
How much are the drinks? – What kind of drink? A well drink? A call drink? A Long Island Iced Tea drink? A Margarita? A Jager Bomb? Every drink has its price.
How much are the shots? – What kind of shot? A tequila shot? What kind of tequila? A Kamikaze shot? A Jager shot? Could you be more specific?
What’s good? Give me something good – This is a very popular question. Please, don’t ask it. Please read the Ordering Drinks section for the explanation.

 How to Order a Drink at the Bar said “You will get quicker, friendlier service at a bar if you know how to ask for your favorite drink in English.” this is great advise as long as you are in an english speaking country!

What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.
-Irish proverb

 Drink toasts for every liquor or location

  • German “Prost” means to your health,
  • Skandinavia say “skol”
  • Spanish its “salud”
  • Russians say “Na zdrovia”
  • Dutch slogan is “Proost”
  • Swahili just in case “Oogywawa”
  • Japanese would claim “Kampai” (cam pie) means “dry your cup”
  • Hebrew life water is “L’Chaim” (li ki’ am) means “toast of life”
  • Irish say “Slainte”
  • Greeks say “Yasas”
  • French will toast “A votre sante”

Russian Toasts

Begin eating only after somebody says a toast, even if there is no alcohol on the table [which is almost impossible]. Toasting is a very important part of dining.
Toasts are common The host starts and guests reply. Do not drink until the first toast is offered.
After a toast, many Russians like to clink their glasses together. Do not do so if you are drinking something non-alcoholic.
Not drinking is a serious handicap to doing business in Russia. It’s the way things are done. In all but the most Westernized circles, you will have trouble winning trust if you do not get drunk with your hosts. It’s considered a way of breaking down barriers and getting to know the real you. Refusing to drink is unacceptable unless you give a plausible excuse, such as explaining that health or religious reasons prevent you from imbibing. Also you may smile and pretend that you are drinking, to show that you accept the toast and respect those around you.
If you feel that you’re getting intoxicated, avoid signing anything.

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