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”?
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!