What Does the Term Criss-Cross Mean and How Did it Originate in the 16th Century?

School children in the sixteenth century worked lessons on a thin wooden board that hung from their belts.

On it were printed the alphabet, the numbers, and the Lord’s Prayer.

Because it was preceded by a Maltese cross the alphabet was called the Christ-cross-row.

what does the term criss cross mean and how did it originate in the 16th century

Students reciting from the board always began with the prayer, “Christ’s cross be my speed.”

Two centuries later, Christ’s cross had become “criss-cross.”

Eventually, the term criss-cross evolved to mean back and forth.

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