An uncommon meaning of daylight makes it today’s word of the day. Daylight is a way of saying “the space between two things,” such as in automobile racing. It’s also the space left in a wine glass between the liquor and the brim. There was a time, when people drank bumpers—a bumper being a cup or glass brimming with alcohol (and related, of course, to bumper crop)— that the toastmaster would call out, “Are the glasses full? —no daylights—no heeltaps—tops and bottoms—not so much as would blind a midge’s eye is to be left.” In other words, he wanted to make sure the glasses were topped off and that every drop was downed to show that the attendees wholeheartedly endorsed the toasts.
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