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Subject: Beyond the Pale
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 08:34:22 EDT

Although the references given thus far to define the "pale" are probably
quite accurate, we should probably go back to the Latin "palus" or stake.
Such stakes were used in making fences which marked boundaries. Thus someone
who was "beyond the pale" was beyond the boundaries of some entity.
Tom Washington
Honea Path, SC

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