Word of the Day: Toast

toast / tōst NOUN: 1. praise spoken about someone or something when raising a drink in a glass Here’s a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near; May the future be pleasant, the past a bright dream; may our friends remain faithful and dear. Anonymous 2. sliced bread broiled to make it crisp I had never had a piece of toast particularly long and wide, but fell upon the sanded floor, and always on the buttered side. James Payn, 1830 – 1898 The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries. From “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, 1859 – 1932 A slice of hot, buttered toast is the perfect meal. Naveen Andrews, 1969 – 3. one receiving accolades or great attention Eight days ago, we were the toast of the town. Wayne Gretzky, 1961 – VERB: 1. to heat and brown over a flame or other heat source He had produced a toasting-fork from his study, and set Tom to toast the sausages, while he mounted guard over their butter and potatoes. From “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” by Thomas Hughes, 1822 – 1896 2. to warm or be warmed thoroughly Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled. Christine Lagarde, 1956 – 3. to drink to the welfare of or in honor of I toast the Pope, but I toast conscience first. John Henry Neman, 1801 – 1890