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Old 08-26-2009, 04:10 PM
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FWIW, first hit on Google confirms my thought - Toe the line is correct
http://grammartips.homestead.com/toetheline.html

Wikipedia, second link, states, as one possible source for the phrase
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In days of sail, "toe the line" was used as a command for crewmen to line up along a crack in deck planking, similar to the modern "Attention!"
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Yesterday in Ventura, CA there was a protest of teachers disagreeing with state budget cuts. NPR aired a clip of a man saying..."Any politician worth his weight in salt would know you can't cut education this drastically."

If salt is $2/lb, then this hypothesized politician would only have to be worth about $400 to know something so simple.

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Salt used to worth a lot. Maybe she teaches ancient persian studies.
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That's actually where the phrase comes from. Roman soldiers used to be paid partially in salt, a useful and (at the time, indeed until quite recently) hard-to-come-by commodity. The word "salary" has its root in the Latin word for salt, sal.
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:16 PM
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Yeah right. People, always take what ARTS says with a grain of salt!
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Yesterday in Ventura, CA there was a protest of teachers disagreeing with state budget cuts. NPR aired a clip of a man saying..."Any politician worth his weight in salt would know you can't cut education this drastically."

If salt is $2/lb, then this hypothesized politician would only have to be worth about $400 to know something so simple.
wouldn't this be considered a mixed metaphor?
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:20 PM
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The phrase [grain of salt] comes from 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. Threats involving the poison were thus to be taken "with a grain of salt" and therefore less seriously.
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wouldn't this be considered a mixed metaphor?
um, yeah. That's why it's in this thread.
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um, yeah. That's why it's in this thread.
I am confused... I never read the full title before of this thread, it always gets cut off

I thought it just said malapropisms
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