Sunday, November 11, 2007

Irish As A First Language

Beyond the Pale: Well, it's not Irish-specific, but it applies in reference to the Dublin Pale, the area of settlement surrounding Dublin. To live "beyond the pale" was to be a long way away. Also, if you were bad, you could be tossed out of the pale, hence your behavior was "beyond the pale."

(I learned this from an Irishman whose hometown was just inside the pale.)

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6 Comments:

Blogger oldest kid said...

Some of us with Irish ancestors are just pale, even though we don't live beyond the pale.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

What? It's not beyond the pail?

3:21 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Only if they left the pail at the fence.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

I thought "beyond the pale" meant beyond the protective fence surrounding a property or beyond the protection of the landlord.

10:25 PM  
Blogger MKOK said...

Heck, I thought that "beyond
the pale" meant you wereen't inside a bucket!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

I thought "beyond the pale" meant beyond the protective fence surrounding a property or beyond the protection of the landlord.

In a way, yes, but on a grander scale ...

8:32 AM  

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