What is it with Americans clinking their coffee cups anyway? If that's a habit over there, then I have totally failed to notice it to date. And it would also match rather strangely with the following observation:
I have noticed that the Americans I met (together with the British, btw) have not picked up the very nice European habit of clinking wine glasses before starting to drink at lunch or dinner, even if it is a formal occasion. It is just one of those small details, but interestingly it is considered to be rather bad manners in Europe to start drinking without doing it. Well, live & learn ...
Coffee & Cigarettes, addendum
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As an American who drinks copious amounts of coffee, I don't think I've ever clinked coffee cups with anyone, and I would find it bizarre if I saw someone doing it...
Thanks, Kirk, for this confirmation of my non-observation! I was a bit disconcerted by this recurrence in the movie, but now I can put it down to artistic license entirely.
As an Irishman living here in the States, I have sucombed to drinking way too much coffee also, but I think if I ever tried clinking, I would end up wit coffee all over myself for the most part. You see, most Americans have their coffee in a cardbord/paper cup. Not really suitable for clinking me thinks. But it is a great way to wake one's self up in the morning.
As an American (and former coworker of Chris - guess who :)), I have to chime in on this one and note that most Americans don't drink at lunch. It's the whole "Halliburton is OK but Monica Lewinsky can get a US president impeached" mentality.
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