Friday, November 18, 2011

Salary

New discovery!  Searching "F*** Salt," "Eff Salt," or "F Salt" in Google brings up this very blog on the first page!  My indecision still managed to pay off, so I guess I'm keeping the name as it is (see my logistical problems post).  Mainly, though, someone very important to me suggested that I keep the name, and so that's what I'm doing.


But back on topic: Mochileiro mentioned something pretty interesting in the comments of my last post.  He pointed out that the word "salary" is derived from the word "salt."

Now, something I like besides salt is money (because it buys more salt, duh), so the notion that these two things would be related (more than as far as supermarket transactions go) peaked my interest.

By around 550 BC, receiving salt from someone was synonymous with being in that person's service (as far as I know, receiving clothes did not release you from said service).  Salt production was often the sole privilege of monarchies or the ruling elite (Occupy Salt Street, anyone?).  For example in The Book of Ezra (Ezra 4:14, English Standard Version), the servants of  King Artaxerxes I describe their loyalty thus: "Now because we eat the salt of the palace and it is not fitting for us to witness the king’s dishonor, therefore we send and inform the king..."

The Latin salarium bore connection to Roman soldiers, salt, and employment.  As good old Pliny the Elder wrote, in his Naturalis Historia XXXI: "[I]n Rome. . .the soldier's pay was originally salt and the word salary derives from it..."

 
Some suggest that the word "soldier" is derived from the Latin sal dare (to give salt), but a more common theory suggests that the word "soldier" comes from the gold solodius (a type of coin) with which Roman soldiers were paid.  This payment may have been an allowance for the purchase of salt or perhaps compensation for soldiers conquering salt supplies or guarding the Salt Roads leading to Rome.


15 comments:

  1. Next time someone offers me salt, I'll take it as an insult.

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  2. paying an army in salt, how did they stop it getting wet and clumping together ?

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  3. First results in google is awesome, I would like the same but I thing no one is looking for who killed the cooker xD

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  4. @Orang3

    I don't know if any more people are searching for "F*** Salt" than "Who Killed the Cooker" (You do come up on page 1 for that, if you didn't already know).

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  5. Now I want my boss to pay me with salt. :P

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  6. I looked up "I am such a derp" and 20 pages later my blog still didn't show up.

    Looks like I need to do more work.

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  7. lol dwei..
    nice post man...love the latin salt shit.

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  8. salt is and was an important part of life. Back in the day before salt was cheap, food was pretty bland, so be thankful suckers.

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  9. i just learned this in my urban studies class, no joke! lol

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  10. Congrats! I'm happy too to know that my "NES coin purse" is almost in the first results of the image search. It feels warm inside. ` v`

    And a friend told me about the "salary" some time ago. My mind was blown.

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  11. That's nice..But I don't know who would search that term :P

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  12. Now fellow salt haters can discuss their pure hatred for salt on your blog!

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  13. @Cary
    Why? Salt was excencial for human development.

    Excellent post, fuc..ops effsalt ^_^

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