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adjective; folk etymology repurposing of adjective
bitter, irritated, unhappy, or frustrated
 
This definition of the term actually dates back to the 1940s, funnily enough, but has come back into fashion in the past few years. Like the word “bitter” it takes a sensation of taste and compares it to an emotion that feels somewhat similar to the sharpness of saltiness.
Etymology : a repurposing of the word “salty”, referring to the flavor
Source : Really the Blues, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, 1946
Last modified: 28 November 2017


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