Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Criss-cross Row (Christ-cross row).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Criss-cross Row (Christ-cross row).
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.”   1
“Mortals ne’er shall know
More than contained of old the Chris’-cross row.”
Tickell: The Horn-Book.



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