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- Take this question with a grain of salt 5 answers
Frequently in my workplace, when some bad news comes in, the advice take this with a grain of salt is used in such a context to mean choose for yourselves how to interpret this but don't consider it very important.
I've asked several people around the office what they understand this to mean - and each person got to this answer via a different means:
A grain of salt doesn't weigh very much. So if you balance the current issue on one side of some scales, and a grain of salt on the either, you get a feeling for how important this issue is in the big picture
Some people add a grain of salt to coffee to reduce the perception of bitterness.
In Latin the word for salt is the same as the word for wisdom, meaning that the current issue to be viewed through a lens of your life experience.
Pliny the Elder recommended that a grain of salt was to be used as an antidote for poison.
My question is: Can the phrase "take it with a grain of salt" have four different ways to get to the same meaning?