One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be of lower social standing or worth.‘paperback publishers used to be considered people who sat below the salt’
- ‘The "salt" was passed from here up the table, and if you sat below the salt you were not only "not worth your salt" but you didn't get any.’
- ‘At dinner, important people were seated ‘above the salt’, servants and low ranking individuals sat ‘below the salt’.’
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