Our mother tongue (1)

So, our beloved mother tongue, post-Norman demotic Anglo-Saxon.  Modern-day British English.  Where do some of the words come from?

Let’s head round about town.  When a village  became a certain size, the residents built a fence round it, to create a town.  What’s the German word for “fence”?

Der Zaun

Do you think that is beyond the pale?

The pale were the city walls (of Dublin, Ireland), somewhat strong than a fence, to protect the citizens from the ruffians outside of it.   Anything that was beyond the pale, out the control of the English, was unacceptable.

Have an acceptable day, won’t you!

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