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Chuck's World | Warning: Column may contain salty language

Series: Coronavirus | Story 73

Last updated 5/1/2020 at 11:19am

Google knows what I'm up to. This shouldn't be a surprise, although I'm always surprised.

Of course, any search engine worth its salt will recognize patterns, including (and maybe particularly) if one is looking up the meaning of idioms, such as "worth its salt."

I just looked that up, in fact, although I understood the meaning well enough. Salt represented value, once, before it was readily available. Without salt, armies couldn't preserve food and thus travel long distances; the word "salary" derives from an allowance given to Roman soldiers to buy salt. Salt was hard to find.

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