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    As still as salt

    Recently, I've encountered the expression "as still as salt" (Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie). I know this (or similar) phrase was also used by William Dean Howells, but I haven't found it anywhere else (to say nothing of dictionaries). I wonder whether "(as) still as salt" is a fixed phrase/idiom or just licentia poetica.

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    Re: As still as salt

    It may have been an idiom once. I haven't heard it.

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    Re: As still as salt

    I've never heard it either.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: As still as salt

    It's definitely not a fixed expression or idiom.

    I can't see the reasoning behind it anyway. You should avoid using it yourself.

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    Re: As still as salt

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can't see the reasoning behind it anyway. You should avoid using it yourself.
    When it comes to "the reasoning", an association with Lot's wife (forever still) occurred to me.
    Thank you, I'm not going to use it.
    I simply needed to make sure.

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