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Entry no.: 802

26 Aug 2009, 1:10 PM

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Language Cum grano salis

"With a grain of salt is a translation of Latin cum grano salis. According to The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, the Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote that General Pompey had discovered an antidote for poison that was to be taken cum grano salis. This was apparently to make it effective. That doesn’t quite explain the current meaning, though."

Quotes Uncovered: Who First Took Things With a Grain of Salt? .

Via @ThatWhichMatter.


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