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 for syntactic salt
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  syntactic salt
   n.
  
      The opposite of syntactic sugar, a feature designed to make it harder to
      write bad code. Specifically, syntactic salt is a hoop the programmer must
      jump through just to prove that he knows what's going on, rather than to
      express a program action. Some programmers consider required type
      declarations to be syntactic salt. A requirement to write end if, end while
      , end do, etc.: to terminate the last block controlled by a control
      construct (as opposed to just end) would definitely be syntactic salt.
      Syntactic salt is like the real thing in that it tends to raise hackers'
      blood pressures in an unhealthy way. Compare candygrammar.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  syntactic salt
  
     The opposite of syntactic sugar, a feature designed to make
     it harder to write bad code.  Specifically, syntactic salt is
     a hoop the programmer must jump through just to prove that he
     knows what's going on, rather than to express a program
     action.  Some programmers consider required type declarations
     to be syntactic salt.  A requirement to write "end if", "end
     while", "end do", etc. to terminate the last block controlled
     by a control construct (as opposed to just "end") would
     definitely be syntactic salt.  Syntactic salt is like the real
     thing in that it tends to raise hackers' blood pressures in an
     unhealthy way.  Compare candygrammar.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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