pail / pale

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Aug 22 17:16:08 UTC 2012

At 8/22/2012 12:27 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
>When Congresman Ryan was quoted on the ABC website as saying that
>Cogressman Akin's comments were "over the pail," we should probably
>assume that the confusion of "pail" and "pale" was the mistake of
>the quoter, not the speaker?  Perhaps because Ryan said "over the
>pale" instead of the more common "beyond the pale"?

Maybe Ryan was thinking of Jack and Jill?  (What might the satirists
here make of that?)


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