Elegant and delicate wit. Salt, both in Latin and Greek, was a
common term for wit, or sparkling thought well expressed: thus
Cicero says, “Scipio omnes sale superabat ” (Scipio surpassed
all in wit). The Athenians were noted for their wit and elegant turns
of thought, and hence Attic salt means wit as pointed and delicately
expressed as by the Athenians. “Attic point,” wit.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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