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Re: Beyond the Pale

Posted by Gary on January 23, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Beyond the Pale posted by R. Berg on January 23, 2003

: : In one of your recent discussions of "trailer trash," the phrase "beyond the pale" was used. Can anyone say from whence it came?

: : "life is too uncertain to waste on quests of vane fortune when the language is the windmill which beckons tilting..."

: Would those vanes be the ones at the top of the windmill?

: "Beyond the pale" means, roughly, outside the picket fence, a pale being a stake. See discussion at the Word Detective's site, http://www.word-detective.com/back-q.html#pale
: (link below).

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