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What does below the salt mean?

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below the salt


If someone is below the salt they are common or of low standing.

The phrase dates back to the medieval table customs. During those times salt which was a valuable seasoning was placed in the middle of a dining table and the lord and his family were seated "above the salt" and other guests or servants "below the salt".

(See also above the salt)


In medieval times servants used to sit below the salt.

This idiom is in the food category

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