Jump salty

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)