A Frazzled Fraze - Worth One's Salt

I'm not sure about you but I have heard this phrase many times through out my lifetime and I have to admit the very first time I heard it as a kid I had no clue as to what it meant. Me being the observant and quiet person I kept my mouth shut and decided to figure it out later. When I was a kid the Internet was not as readily available as it is today, so I couldn't just go home and look it up on Google. It was probably not until I heard it a few times in the movies or heard a friend or two say it that I finally caught the meaning. Ah ha! To be worth one's pay or to be effective, but where does the salt come in?

Apparently salt was a pretty big deal before refrigerators were invented because it was used to help preserve food. In addition to preserving food, salt was also an important commodity. In the Roman days salt was used as an item of trade and for its health benefits. Back then soldiers were given salarium which was an allowance for purchasing salt. The sal in salarium means pay in Latin and over time the word was shorted to salary. So because the words salarium and salt went hand in hand, the word salt became associated with pay or worth.

Aren't you glad I cleared that up for you? Don't you feel more knowledgeable?

Good. Now get out there and prove your worth in salt to the world!

8 comments:

Persistent Pen said...

Well, you are worth your salt for clearing it up. :P

Reminds me about the Pork Barrel, where that pig was deep in the brine. People still refer to that.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, didn't know that, and I do feel more knowledgeable, now
i'm trying to figure out how to fit it into a conversation,lol.

Ching Ya said...

I'll join Bob for that matter, now how shall I sound smart with that phrase in my conversations today.. hmm...

Yes, let's be the light and salt of the world! Now where did I hear that before. =P

burning windmill said...

I do adore Salt, and all food preserved in said wonderful crystal

spyscribbler said...

Wow, I am glad, CJ! I really don't remember how we lived before we could instantly google any curiosity that crossed our minds. What a huge difference in our life!

I remember when I used to log on to the internet once or twice a week.

I can't even imagine, now!

WendyCinNYC said...

Interesting! Thanks.

Gottawrite Girl said...

Hey there, and thanks for the kick in the butt! Very funny...

Take care!

Ching Ya said...

CJ, as my appreciation for you commenting on my blog, I did a linklove for your blog. Thanks again for your support. Take care.