A correction beyond the pale

Last week I wrote about the origins of "beyond the pale." I wrote that I didn't buy the OED's dismissal of it being a slur on the Irish, largely because the OED didn't provide an alternate explanation. One of my readers objected in the comments, and after a back and forth, he provided me with much better evidence from the World Wide Words website. I accept that I was guilty of willful ignorance, and I apologize for my laxity in digging into the issure. You can see the comments in the original post here.