Posted by ESC on September 16, 2001
In Reply to: "Put some salt in it" posted by Patty on September 16, 2001
: : : Recently I heard someone use the phrase "put some salt in
it". The use was obviously figurative, but I really did not know
quite what was meant. Is this a common phrase? Does it have a general
meaning as a metaphor?
: : : Thanks. - Patty
: : Not a common phrase to my knowledge. What was the context--put some salt in what? May be equivalent to "spice it up"--would that fit?
: Yes, I suppose. The comment was made by a woman to a group of musicians who have not played together long and are just putting their ensemble music together. - Patty
Maybe she meant expend more effort -- salt as in sweat. Put your back into it. While I was looking for the phrase "put some salt in it," I found this expression. I thought it was interesting:
JUMP SALTY - To get mad or angry. From Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1994)