This week's theme is: Kanpai!
-All about Japanese drinking culture
prevalent (adv.): widespread, common
obligatory (adv.): done because it has to be done (not out of choice)
banquet (n.): a formal meal for a large number of people
respectively (adj.): in that order (e.g. Fred and George are from England and Greece respectively)
assign (v.): give (normally used for tasks, roles, or numbers).
be it A or B: whether it is A or B; A and B are both possibilities
go (well) with (v.): be a good match for
a toast (n.): a few words spoken at a gathering, typically while holding up a drink
clink (v./n.): (make) a sharp sound, often by light impact of glass on glass
signify (v.): show, indicate; symbolize
promotion (n.): going up in rank; an effort to increase something (often sales)
a chore (n.): something done despite being boring and tiring; a routine task