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Posted by Miri Barak on February 08, 2004

in the first chapter of the "enchanted castle" by Edith Nesbit (children book) Gerald, Jimmy and Kathy come across a tunner, the elder brother, Gerald says:
"...because after all there might be somebody about, and the other arch might be and ice-house or something dangerous".
"What?" asked Kathleen anxiously.
"Bears, perphaps," said Berald briefly.
"there aren't any bears without bars - in England, anyway." said Jimmy. "They call *bears bars* in America," he added absently.
obviously *bear bars* is a kind of pun, or playing with the sounds, do I miss some hidden meaning in it, or any cultural hint?
my thanks!!!