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cum grano salis

Latinization of "with a grain of salt," almost always preceded by "take" (as with the English equivalent), meaning to regard with a degree of skepticism or without being taken literally. All of the jubilation over the new president should, as ever, be taken cum grano salis, as no single person will be able to fix the entire country's problems. Jeff's stories tend to be rather exaggerated, so you should usually take them cum grano salis.
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So, as with so many of the other absurdities extant in our current society with which we are copiously bombarded, we must, in order to maintain a sense of hope for the future, take each in turn cum grano salis or at least with a dose of laughing gas.
one finds the implicit directive to reread cum grano salis the poetry of a tradition in which the troping of the rose went unquestioned" (160).