"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 25 June 2009

The three 'R's


The three 'R's is a way of referring to a basic education and is a play on the words Reading, (w)Riting, and (a)Rithmetic. The phrase is said to have originated when Sir William Curtis (1752-1829), an illiterate Alderman and Lord Mayor of London, gave as a toas "Riting, Reading and Rithmetic".

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