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To be 'beyond the pale' is to be unacceptable; outside agreed standards of decency. Firstly, let's get the spelling clear here. It's 'beyond the pale ' and not 'beyond the pail ' - the phrase has nothing to do with buckets. The everyday use of the word 'pale' is as Beyond The Pale - Rage - The Missing Link adjective meaning whitish and light in colour used to that effect by Procol Harum and in countless paint adverts.
However, there is another meaning of 'pale' - 'a stake or pointed piece of wood'. This meaning is now virtually obsolete except as used in this phrase. A variant of Beyond The Pale - Rage - The Missing Link - 'paling', is still in use, as in paling fence and 'impale' as in Dracula movies. The paling fence is significant as the term 'pale' came to mean the area enclosed by such a fence and later just figuratively 'the area that is enclosed and safe'.
So to be 'beyond the pale' was to be outside the area accepted as 'home'. Catherine the Great created the Pale of Settlement in Russia in This was the name given to the western border region of the country, in which Jews were allowed to live. The motivation behind this was to restrict trade between Jews and native Russians.
Some Jews were allowed to live, as a concession, 'beyond the pale'. Pales were enforced in various other European countries for similar Loho 2 - Barahater - You Have Given Up II reasons, notably in Ireland the Pale of Dublin and France the Pale of Calais, which was formed as early as The phrase itself originated later than that.
In that work, the character Long Haired Doney - Rural L. Burnside* - Mississippi Blues withdraws with his beloved to a country lodge for 'quiet, calm and ease', but they later venture further:.
Such recklessness rarely meets with a good end in 17th century verse and before long the lovers are attacked by armed men with 'many a dire killing thrust'. The message is clear - 'if there is a pale, decent people stay inside it', which conveys exactly the figurative meaning of the phrase as it is used today. Home Search Phrase Dictionary Beyond the pale.
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