beyond the pail [sic]
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Mar 11 21:55:08 UTC 2003
I don't think this is right. The figurative use of "beyond the pale" goes back at least to 1795, which is a little early for a reference to the Pale of Settlement: "But if he had been the officer, there was no such discretionary power confided to him; and in making such an exchange he went beyond the pale of his duty, unless directed by the court on the application of the party interested." Mott v. Pettit, 1 N.J.L. 298 (N.J. 1795). The OED takes the similar term "without the pale" back to 1654 ("without the pale of the Church").
From: David Bergdahl [mailto:einstein at FROGNET.NET]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 4:22 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: beyond the pail [sic]
"BEYOND THE PALE" refers to the provinces in Russia where Jews were forced
to live during the 18th and 19th centuries, called "The Pale of Settlement."
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