S is for Salt

                                               A-Z Blogging in April
                                                          
By Jeff Salter

             And, of course, for SALTer.  Ha.  I finally drew an easy letter for this month of A-Z Blogging.  After struggling with E, K, and Q … it was time for a letter which is as familiar to me as my last name.  Oh, wait a minute, that IS the beginning of my last name.
            I’ve been told that the name Salter comes from two possible sources:
1.  the person in a village who acquired (and therefore controlled) the essential mineral, salt … and also sold or traded it for other commodities.
2.  the person who collected, maintained, or otherwise dealt with the psalter volumes.  But what is a psalter?
            “A Psalter is a volume containing the Book of Psalms, often with other devotional material bound in as well, such as a liturgical calendar and litany of the Saints. Until the later medieval emergence of the book of hours, Psalters were the books most widely owned by wealthy lay persons and were commonly used for learning to read. Many Psalters were richly illuminated and they include some of the most spectacular surviving examples of medieval book art.”  [From wikipedia

 S is for Salt
            But y’all got me distracted talking about my name.  S is really for Salt!  There’s so much about salt which is truly fascinating, and I won’t attempt to summarize it here.  For a pretty thorough run-down, however, take a gander at this wikipedia article:
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt

             Exclusive of the data in that article, what I’ve long known (or believed) about salt is:
*  before refrigeration, salt was the primary preservative for such food as meats — and therefore, extremely valuable.  [Otherwise, anything you couldn’t eat on-the-spot would spoil.]
salt is essential for animal (including human) life in small quantities, yet apparently deadly in large doses
*  it’s deadly to plant life in large quantities, yet (apparently) already present in the soil in small quantities
*  raw sea salts and raw rock salts are NOT the same thing that you sprinkle on your morning eggs.  The salt we consume is refined and iodized.
salt has a LOT of significance in several world religions
*  it was common in generations past to issue “salt tablets” to military troops who sweated a lot from exertion (whether from exercise, labor, marching, or combat).  However, in more recent times, that is highly discouraged due to possibility of strokes.
*  mining salt must have been arduous and dangerous work …. as evidenced by the dismay in the common expression, “back to the salt mine”.

 Worth Your Salt
            One tidbit from the wikipedia article which I simply have to mention:
            “The word salary originates from Latin: salarium which referred to the money paid to the Roman Army’s soldiers for the purchase of salt.”
            And that, folks, is where we get the expression, “he’s not worth his salt”.

 Your turn
            What S-Word would you have included in today’s post?

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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4 Responses to S is for Salt

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    Sunshine. We’ve finally got some here in the Pacific Northwest so it’s my favorite S word at the moment. 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      oh … SUNSHINE is a marvelous S-word. Thanks. Laurie.
      Cloudy here today, after a couple of beautiful sun-shiny days.

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  2. Twice in the same week? You must really be important. Or the Four Foxes are really busy. So anyway, I knew what a Psalter was because in the church I grew up attending, the hymn books were called Psalter Hymnals. And we were the SALT of the Earth for SINGING them.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Yep, Patty, two days this week. But only because we added SAturdays to April’s posting in order to get all 26 letters of the alphabet in A-Z blogging.
      You’re one of the few who already knew psalter. Yes, salt and light are very important images in Christianity.

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