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Etymology of salary

Posted by Johannes on 17 March 2011

Origin of the word salary

Salary derives from the French salarie from the Latin salarium (salary, stipend, originally soldier’s allowance for the purchase of salt) from sal (salt), which is related to the Greek als (salt; Gr: άλς).
From the same root: salt, salad, salami
In modern Greek:
a) alas or alati: salt [Gr: άλας or αλάτι]
b) salata: salad [Gr: σαλάτα]
c) salami: salami [Gr: σαλάμι]
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2 Responses to “Etymology of salary”

  1. […] I love to study words and language. Did you know that the word salary came from soldiers being paid their wages in salt? Some are paid an hourly wage, and some are paid a salary. But salaries go back to the Latin word salarium. Sal is the Latin Word for salt. Now I know that some etymologists argue over the origin of this word salarium, but most scholars believe it was because part of a Roman soldiers wage, or salary was paid in salt. So, there’s your useless fact for the day. But salt was extremely valuable – as valuable as gold in the ancient world. Etymology of Salary […]

  2. Joseph said

    The word Salary is an allowance for specified purpose the purchase of salt ,originally soldier’s allowance for the purchase of salt

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