beyond the pail vs beyond the pale : Common Errors in English

About beyond the pail vs beyond the pale

A pale is originally a stake of the kind which might make up a palisade, or enclosure. The uncontrolled territory outside was then “beyond the pale.” The expression “beyond the pale” came to mean “bizarre,beyond proper limits”; but people who don’t understand the phrase oftenalter the last word to “pail.”The area of Ireland called “the Pale” inside the Dublin region formerly controlled by the British is often said to have been the inspiration for this expression, but many authorities challenge that explanation.

beyond the pale in News

  • Why do we care if Syria uses chemical weapons?

    Obama is hardly alone in drawing a "red line" through the use of chemical weapons. The international community has long considered them to be beyond the pale of warfare. Here's why.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The News-Herald

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