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    #1

    to handsalt

    what does this sentence mean exactly? i understand everything but handsalt


    "you know how people tell a lie and then compound the lie...sometimes I handsalt them, sometimes I donít.. "

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    #2

    Re: to handsalt

    Where did you find this sentence?

    I cannot find this word anywhere.

    Rover

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    Re: to handsalt

    Quote Originally Posted by TicoInBrazil View Post
    what does this sentence mean exactly? i understand everything but handsalt


    "you know how people tell a lie and then compound the lie...sometimes I handsalt them, sometimes I don’t.. "
    The speaker might be talking about storing freshly-picked runner beans the way my mother used to, before people had freezers! She used to 'salt them' by hand. 'Hand' is sometimes used as a sort of prefix meaning 'by hand' - hand-picked, hand-made... But apart from this very remote possibility I'm stumped too.

    b

    PS An even more far-fetched idea, based on a long-misunderstood song lyric: in South Pacific, in 'I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair', does the chorus sing 'handsalt him'... I really don't know. Anyone
    PPS This is probably a red herring. Most transcriptions say 'cancel him' (an odd use of 'cancel' - perhaps this is an American thing... In Br Eng you can't cancel a person - you can cancel an object (in a specific sense of cancel = "render [a financial document] null" - you can also cancel a programme, plan or intention.... Perhaps this 'cancel him' means 'cancel [your plans for a future involving] him'...)
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Aug-2010 at 10:21. Reason: Added PPS

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    Re: to handsalt

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Quote Originally Posted by TicoInBrazil View Post
    what does this sentence mean exactly? i understand everything but handsalt


    "you know how people tell a lie and then compound the lie...sometimes I handsalt them, sometimes I donít.. "
    Here is my guess;

    If we don't (hand)salt fishes, they will stink.

    So it would be inferred from the given sentence, the speaker sometimes
    lets some people tell one lie after another on the very same thing (ignores them) but, sometimes for some other people he/she deliberately reveals those people's lies.

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    #5

    Re: to handsalt

    Have you got a bit more context?

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