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miss piggy2

72 months ago

what does 'salt of the earth' mean?
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hi there,
i have heard this being said but dont know what it is supposed to mean if anyone can help me out?
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  72 months ago
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Mollygirl

  72 months ago
Salt was the most valuable thing around, it's necessary for our survival, and even the word salary comes from the word for salt. Salt of the earth means that the person is beyond value and a necessary part of life. Or it's just the backchat people have to grease the egos of someone who outranks them.
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glennbradbury

  72 months ago
I always thought that it meant down to earth :)
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Dawes1

  72 months ago
It means reliable and decent, as Dianne says. It appears in the bible, Matthew 5:13: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." But presumably it was in common use before this translation of the bible, otherwise people wouldn't have understood it.
It does seem strange that it has such a positive meaning in this phrase when adding salt to a field actually prevents things from growing and was a tactic used in ancient times to ruin an enemy's farmland and cause starvation.
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fruitydumpling

  72 months ago
This is one of these phrases that I use but am hard pushed to explain. I do not know where it originated but (before it had the bad reputation it has now!!) salt would be part of the goodness of the land, nourishing and supporting life I suppose. Likewise someone who is the "salt of the earth" is reliable and decent and helps make the worlod go around. The sort of person that we need in this world. Not a great explanation miss piggy. Sorry. I look forward to reading what others say!! Stop asking difficult questions you!!! x
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