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Salt Hill

(Eton). The mound at Eton where the Eton scholars used to collect money from the visitors on Montem day. The mound is still called Salt Hill, and the money given was called salt. The word salt is similar to the Latin salarium (salary), the pay given to Roman soldiers and civil officers. (See Montem, Salary.)

Cakes of salt are still used for money in A byssinia and Thibet.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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More on Salt Hill from Infoplease:

  • Salt Hill - Salt Hill (Eton). The mound at Eton where the Eton scholars used to collect money from the visitors ...
  • Montem - Montem A custom formerly observed every three years by the boys of Eton school, who proceeded on ...
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