What does the old saying 'take it with a
grain of salt' mean?
In: Definitions and Word Differences Answer:
With a Grain of Salt
You should take what you hear and evaluate it on your own, don't take it for
being the truth or correct. The phrase is usually used when a person it giving
you the 'low down' on what another person has told you. It is a warning that
what that person has said, or may say, is not necessarily correct and accurate.
...it means to be skeptical or to question something that someone has told you.
For example, if someone has a tendency to exaggerate, you'll want to take what
they have said with a grain or pinch of salt. Answers.com says that the
expression is a translation of the Latin cum grano salis, which Pliny used in
describing Pompey's discovery of an antidote for poison (to be taken with a
grain of salt).
To take 'with a grain of salt' means to take with a heavy dose of skepticism,
caution and suspicion.
The saying came from the old cure for poison - a pinch of salt. Salt was said to
have healing properties, so to eat a meal 'with a pinch of salt' meant that you
suspected the meal of being poisoned.
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