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What do you call this English when you buy something or get something and celebrate it by drinking alcohol? Do you have any verbs or phrases for it? I cannot to find the word in English. But the most close phrase I found is wet the baby's head. So can I apply the word wet for things. For example:

Let's wet my new cam.

In Russian, by the way, people call it замачить. Literally that means to soak something.

  • As with most "what is the word" questions. Please: 1. State if the word exists in your native language. 2. Tell us what the word is in your native language. 3. Describe the result of looking up that word in a bilingual dictionary. – James K Oct 21 '19 at 20:48
  • You mean celebrate something like "graduating from college" or "buying a house"? – AIQ Oct 21 '19 at 22:33
  • I edited the question. It can be either. It even can be buying a new phone – Dmytro O'Hope Oct 22 '19 at 4:17
  • I should let you know that "Let's wet my new cam." will probably not be understood by most speakers of English. I think the most similar sentiment might be something like, "Let's drink to my new cam." or "Let's toast to my new cam." I'm pretty sure anything with "Let's wet ..." [baby's head, cam, or other] doesn't work in English. – Lorel C. Oct 22 '19 at 4:40
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I'm assuming you are asking for a word like "Prost!" (German) and "¡Salud!" (Spanish).

When you drink (can be alcohol or whatever) to celebrate, we often say "to have a toast to".

When you clang the mugs together like in a table for celebration, people often say "Toast!", "Cheers!", "Toast/Cheers to [the success]".

For example:

You and your friends are celebrating your birthday and are drinking beer around a table. A friend of yours can stand up, hold up a beer mug and say "Toast to [your] birthday!" and everyone clangs their mugs together.

This usually goes with alcohol but you can do the same thing with any other drink.

Update:

Since the OP edited their question to specify that they want something similar to " замачить " (Let's wet my new cam.), which is Russian, I'll add that you can say "Let's drink to [the event]!" to propose a celebration with alcohol.

For example: "Let's drink to Sam's birthday!" or "Let's have a drink to Sam's birthday", which are proposing that we celebrate Sam's birthday (the event) by drinking (most likely alcohol).

  • I don't think this is the meaning the OP wants. (For OP's benefit, this answer translates за здоро́вье.) I think what is meant instead is something along the lines of "let's go break in my new (whatever)" but with a specific reference to drinking alcohol in celebration rather than actually using the (whatever). – TypeIA Oct 22 '19 at 5:26
  • I did say I was assuming so the OP can accept my answer if it solved answered what they meant to ask. Also, my answer was before they edited the question to include the example of "let's wet my new cam", which doesn't really make sense in English when trying to celebrate something. – John Zhau Oct 22 '19 at 14:55
  • Fair enough - I did not downvote your answer. – TypeIA Oct 22 '19 at 15:46
  • I've also edited my answer to include the OP's edit. – John Zhau Oct 23 '19 at 1:18

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