I Am a Salty Writer and You Can Be One, Too!

5 ways to use the metaphor of salt as a useful literary device when communicating our words.

Debbie Walker
Apr 17 · 4 min read
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1. Salt Enhances

What do we do to enhance the taste of our food? Salt! We use salt every day to improve the flavor of the foods we love to eat. I know too much is bad for me, but I sprinkle a little of it on my favorite delectables.

2. Salt Preserves

One of the ways salt has been used since the beginning of recorded history is as a preservative. Curing meat with salt is still used in many cultures as a necessity, while chefs utilize the process to cure specialty items like steaks. Meat treated this way will last 3–4 months. I also remember canning vegetables like tomatoes, okra, and pickles with my mother. How is this related to preserving our words?

3. Salt Melts Ice

Have you met people who seem cold to you? Have you had comments that felt like icicles in your heart? I have many times; however, I learned that words seasoned with salt could melt the iciest depths of a soul. For example, recently, someone left me a negative comment, and they were trying to bate me into an unhealthy conversation.

4. Salt Prevents Infection

Humans have used preparations from salt to prevent infections and cleanse wounds from time immemorial. Even though salt stings, it may save an injured person’s life. Today, salt solutions are used to clear sinuses, soothe a sore throat, or rinse a wound.

5. Salt Ruins

I remember the time when my daughter was learning how to bake cookies. She accidentally substituted salt for the sugar. The cookies looked pleasing, and our mouths watered at the smell and in anticipation of the crunchy sweetness. I bet you are chuckling at the image of our faces as we ran for the waste can to spit out the salty cookies.

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