One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounnautical slang, archaic
- ‘Salt beef, derisively labeled "salt horse" by the soldiers, was hardly fit for consumption. It was so heavily impregnated with salt that it had to be soaked overnight in a running stream. Even then, it was still often rusty from improper packing and gave off an incredible stench.’
- ‘Pork and beef came packed in casks of four pound pieces, pickled in brine, and known to the men as ‘salt horse’.’
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