pail / pale

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 22 20:29:04 UTC 2012

Perhaps Palin had something to do with it


On 8/22/2012 1:32 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
> This looks like a blend to me: "over the top" + "beyond the pale"
> Gerald Cohen
> ________________________________________
> Joel S. Berson wrote:
> 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?)
> Joel

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