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What does “nostrovia” mean?

“Nostrovia” is an English mispronunciation of the Russian word “Na Zdorovie”. Outside of Russia, Na Zdorovie is commonly known as a drinking toast.

Na Zdorovie (Naz-dro-vyeh) means “You are welcome”.

Nostrovia is modern slang for “let’s get drunk” and “let’s drink”. More commonly though, it is just used as a simple drinking toast, such as “to your health!” or “cheers!”.

Nostrovia to writing!

Cheers to you!

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Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤


  1. Don

    Odd. I recently drank with Russians, and they said this was the Russian equivalent of cheers

  2. Rod

    My wife is Russian and I read this short description to her and she said this is exactly right. Even some Russians wouldn’t say Na Zdorivie as “you’re welcome” and the more common use is the cheers version but the way this is described is very much correct. Thx for explaining it, as some Russian to English translations are strange bcz of such a cultural difference. Russia was more or less cut off from the rest of the world for centuries and even sense of humors are so different. …Na Zdorivie! 🙂

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