Bonus Trivia

Why is someone who is not doing their job said to be “not worth his salt?” 

At one time soldiers in ancient times were paid, in part, with a ration of salt called a salarium, from the Latin word “sal” meaning salt. If a soldier’s performance was not up to standard, the soldier was said to be “not worth his salt.” Later, when salt was replaced with money to purchase the salt, this money was
called a salarium. Later, salarium came to mean the wages themselves which led to what we now call one’s pay a “salary.”

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2 responses to “Bonus Trivia

  1. M.M.

    What has happened to your daily trivia??? It seems to have stopped on 08/18/2015. Will you resume again soon???

  2. There was a server issue – I believe it is fixed now!

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