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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

sarah3262 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 1:07 PM
Does anyone know what "beyond the Pale " means??It came from the good people of Dublin, Ireland. The proud people of Dublin said that anything beyond the borders of Dublin was "beyond the pale."The phrase has been used to imply the subject is not even worth talking about. That Chris Rock is just "beyond the pale".
Reginald10 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 4:59 PM
"The Pale" originally referred to Northern Ireland. Its shape was similar to the heraldic device called a "pale"; a formal shape painted on medieval shields so you could tell who was in the armor.

And so anything "beyond the Pale" was anything outside the civilized confines of British-liberated Northern Ireland. Which is to say, uncivilized, unChurched, and beneath contempt.

(At least, according to those British making the remark...)
Michael160 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 7:07 PM
Beyond the Pale British soldiers were allowed to behave with far more brutality against the Irish than inside the Pale, even though the populations were pretty similar, the Northern Irish were considered pacified and under the Crown's protection. One need only to look at the behavior of American cops in white and black neighborhoods to understood what "beyond the pale" means.

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

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