Take this blog with a grain of salt …

More than a grain of salt, pic: © Iwka | Dreamstime.com

… of course not literally – but figuratively.  If you take something with a grain of salt you take it with a healthy dose of skepticism and caution.  The expression is often used as a cautionary note, an advise to be cautious and not gullible.  Whatever you are supposed to take with a grain of salt might not be entirely true or accurate.

Here is an example of how to use the expression:

“You should always take Charlie”s stories with a grain of salt.  He tends to exaggerate.”

The origin of this expression goes back to the days when salt was rare and expensive.  I read two possible explanations for the saying, one claiming that salt was believed to have healing powers and therefore taking something with a grain of salt was preventive medicine, the other – more simple – that (almost) everything tastes better with a grain of salt and therefore goes down more easily.

Both might be true.

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