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Criss-cross Row (Christ-cross row)

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The A B C horn-book, containing the alphabet and nine digits. The most ancient of these infant-school books had the letters arranged in the form of a Latin cross, with A at the top and Z at the bottom; but afterwards the letters were arranged in lines, and a + was placed at the beginning to remind the learner that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

“Mortals neʹer shall know


More than contained of old the Chrisʹ-cross row.”


Tickell: The Horn-Book.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cricket
Crikey
Crillon
Crimen læsæ Majestatis (Latin)
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Crimp of Death (A)
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Cripple
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Criss-cross Row (Christ-cross row)
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Crisis
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Crocodile
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