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Where does the saying, "taken with a grain of salt" come from?

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Asked by _Tam_ at 8:48 AM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • I thought it had something to do with back in ancient Roman times,they paid the soldiers with salt.It was like currency.So something taken with a grain of salt means it isn't worth much.

    Answer by GingerKitten at 9:57 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • It means that if you take a situation as only with a grain of salt, that it wont' preside over anything else, (either than at that time or ever), it is like if you only added a grain of salt to it the substance or staying power is very short.
    You can not get far with it.
    It has no sense of adhesion or lasting measure of time.
    The content is not something that has precedence.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 8:51 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • The idea comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt. Pliny the Elder translated an ancient antidote for poison with the words 'be taken fasting, plus a grain of salt'.

    Answer by Decker at 10:42 AM on Nov. 11, 2010