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What does it mean when someone says "take it with a grain of salt"?

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  • Linda
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    When someone says "take it with a grain of salt" it means that you should not believe or take seriously what that person said. Basically it means do not put your faith in that.

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  • 2 months ago

    To take it as it comes

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It originates from past centuries, when refrigeration didn't exist.  Salt was put on meats as a preservative so they'd stay edible for a longer time.  It was also used to mask the taste of meat that was slightly rancid & hence, hard to digest.  The phrase applies to this latter context - that what you're "being fed" is of questionable quality & may be somewhat foul.  It implies that you can get digest the "meat" (the story) by putting some salt on it   

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  • Vivian
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    That phrase "take something with a grain of salt " means: "to regard something as exaggerated; believe only part of something"/"to view something with skepticism or not to interpret something literally".

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The food is very bland and needs some salt.  Take this with a grain of salt.  Maybe use some fresh pepper too.

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  • JB
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Off the top of my head......  ;)

    To take something with a "grain of salt" or "pinch of salt" is an English language idiom that means to view something with skepticism or not to interpret something literally.History. Hypotheses of the phrase's origin include Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia, regarding the discovery of a recipe for an antidote to a poison. In the antidote, one of the ingredients was a grain of salt.

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  • 2 months ago

    It means be skeptical about "it".

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  • 2 months ago

    Dont put too much stock into it

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  • Susie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It means that what is being said may be inaccurate, hearsay, rumor, and possibly not factual.  

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  • 2 months ago

    It means to not take it too seriously. Take it with some doubt. 

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