Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on the etymology of taking something with a grain of salt.

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    This week’s ‘What’s the feature?’ used a clip from:

    Millennium Memory Bank Recording in Chelmsford, Essex. BBC, UK, rec. 1999 [digital audio file]. British Library, C900/04060. Available: https://sounds.bl.uk/Accents-and-dialects/Millenium-memory-bank/021M-C0900X04060X-0100V1


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    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library/linguistics-at-the-library-6?in=the-british-library/sets/evolving-english-linguistics
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