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    #1

    salt the air

    Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined phrase means in this context below?
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    (A man died by heart attack.)
    All week long, similar phrases salted the air:
    "At least he went quickly."
    "He was a good man."
    "He'll be in heaven now."
    "He was a nice man."
    "He was an honest fellow."

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    #2

    Re: salt the air

    It's not a standard expression.

    Where did you encounter it?

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    #3

    Re: salt the air

    It's from a children's novel, <Great Unexpected> by Sharon Creech.

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    Re: salt the air

    As Rover says it's unusual. A similar expression, though, may give some idea of the author's intention: a target is often said to be peppered with missiles of some kind. I think this writer was just saying: 'people kept saying things like...'

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    Re: salt the air

    Note that the man died of/from/after a heart attack, not by​ one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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