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Off to the salt mine

Posted by Pamela on May 03, 2006

In Reply to: Off to the salt mine posted by Steve Ring on May 02, 2006

: I know what it means but was wondering if anyone knows where the phrase
: "off to the salt mine" originated?

I don't know, but if you've ever seen pictures of Indian workers in some of the centuries-old salt mines, I think you would agree that it's an apt term for work that is very, very hard and (given that salt isn't expensive) very poorly paid. Pamela