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To take a statement with 'a grain of salt' or 'a pinch of salt' means to accept it but to maintain a degree of skepticism about its truth.
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'.
Originally posted by rick004
reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
I think the saying came from a roman general who thought that ingesting small amounts of poison would render him immune to being poisoned . He ingested them with small amounts of salt to hide the bitter taste .