Toasts cover

Toasts: The Complete Book of the Best Toasts, Sentiments, Blessings, Curses, and Graces

Submitter: Well the title of that book went downhill quickly. Just weeded this from our public library today. My favorite curses were the ones about the teeth and the devil making a ladder from your backbone.

Holly: I love it! For all your cursing needs, the library has you covered. Just for fun, here’s a link to some “Powerful Modern Curses.”





  1. Reminds me of an old toast, I wish I could remember where I’d heard it:
    May those who love us live long,
    And those who don’t, may God turn their hearts,
    And if He can’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles that we’ll know them by their limping.

  2. I think if I said any of these curses out loud before downing a drink, I’d learn in a hurry how much it hurts to snort a carbonated beverage through your nose from laughing.

  3. The thing about Yiddish curses is that they are supposed to sound like blessings until the very last word…

    May you become so rich that you own a house with a hundred bedrooms, and may each bedroom have a huge bed with silken sheets, feather pillows, and goosedown comforters all complete, and may you be unable to get a good night’s sleep in any of them.

  4. “May she marry a ghost, and bear him a kitten, and may the high king of glory permit it to get the mange.” LOL.

    1. I’ve read that curse before. It was at the end of a poem where a man is talking about this woman he really dislikes. I don’t remember the rest of the poem, just the curse. My brother and I had a real discussion about it. I decided he must have really hated cats and kittens.

  5. Oddly enough the newer editions of this leave curses out of the title. I ordered older copies as I can’t be sure if content was edited as well as the title.

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