Posted by Jane on July 30, 1997 at 10:46:03:
In reply to Re: Ha Ha very funny posted by Kelley on July 29, 1997 at 23:16:39
] According to my edition of Mansfield Park, a ha-ha is a sunken fence, wall, or other boundary of a garden or park that is purposely made so it won't obstruct the scenic view.
] I wonder how it got that name. It's really not that funny, after all... =)
Weren't they meant to keep cows or other livestock off off the lawn? And can anyone comment on when they came into vogue---I think it had to do with pseudo-pastoral landscaping styles. I recall vaguely that in the play "Arcadia" hahas are discussed.
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