help you to salt, help you to sorrow

1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 245 At table, one ought not to present any one, either salt, or the head of any creature.

1872 J. GLYDE Norfolk Garland i. The spilling of salt is very ominous, and the proverb is well known: Help me to salt, Help me to sorrow.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise xxxvi. No one would at table spoon salt on to another person’s plate, for ‘Help you to salt, help you to sorrow’.

1969 ‘S. MAYS’ Reuben’s Corner xiv. There was no end to the prohibitions we learned as youngsters... Never help anyone to salt: Help you to salt, help you to sorrow.


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