Snake oil

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Sun Jan 26 11:53:26 UTC 2014

Joel S Berson wrote:

> It isn't "rattle-snake oil", but if you're interested in the
> suggested use of salad oil for "the Bite of Rattle Snakes" there is
> an article in the Boston Gazette of 1739 Mar. 26, pp. 1--3.

Thanks for that ... a twist I wasn't expecting!

Michael Quinion
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