Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Saint, Aug 24, 2011.
Because salt preserves .
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"The idea comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt. Pliny the Elder translated an ancient antidote for poison with the words 'be taken fasting, plus a grain of salt'.
The suggestion is that injurious effects can be moderated by the taking of a grain of salt."
Why it means to be doubtful about something you heard?
That's a good point.
It doesn't track.
The origin I referenced suggests that phrase means "You should 'take some salt' so that this hard-to-swallow idea is easier to swallow",
yet our modern use of the phrase is more "You should 'take some salt' so as to not take this hard-to-swallow idea too seriously."
They're almost opposites.
I went to gamble and lost/loosed my money.
which is correct? lost or loosed?
You can let loose the Kraken, but you can only lose your money.
When I installed soft ware, I saw it says : Preparing for install
Isn't it "preparing to install" more correct?
Yes, "preparing to install" would be more correct as "to install" is a verb.
However, "install" as used by them is clearly being used as a noun, a shortened alternative to "installation", presumably.
I can't say I like it.
I think "install" as a noun is most common in the IT field.
The noun of install is installation.
So, it would be "preparing for installation".
nothing more than a red herring means what?
why "red herring"?
A red herring in this context refers to something that has detracted, deliberately or otherwise, from the main issue, and is ultimately irrelevant.
Such an argument might be called out as being a red herring, indicating that they think it is irrelevant.
The origin of the phrase is from an account in the early 1800s of someone using a kipper to put some dogs off the scent of the rabbit they were chasing.
"Red herring" is another name for the kipper, which is a smoked version of the herring that has turned red during the smoking process, and it has a fairly strong aroma.
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