"And "the wabe' is the grass plot round a sundial
, I suppose?" said Alice
, surprised at her own ingenuity.
"Of course it is. It's called "wabe,' you know because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it --"
"And a long way beyond it on each side," Alice added.
By Lewis Carroll
from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872