Are you an employee just like me? I’m sure you’re also looking forward to this every month. Well, what else? Salary! The word has been around in the English language for ages, but where exactly did it come from? Let’s take a look at its origin and learn something not just about its monetary value, but its semantic origin.
As you all know, “salary” as we know it today is a fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly basis. Its origin as a word can be traced back to 2,000 years to the Latin word “salarium”, which was the soldier’s allowance for the purchase of salt (sal is the Latin word for salt, which was widely used as a food preservative in those times).
Today we have the expression “worth your salt” which means to be deserving of your pay, underscoring the idea of working hard and earning your salary.
So, I hope you’ve learned something new for today and develop a new appreciation for your own salary. Remember, you worked hard for it, so spend it wisely and don’t be a one-day millionaire as soon as you get your salary.
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