Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > R

 RR.A.P. 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
R
 
is called the dog-letter, because a dog in snarling utters the letter r-r-r-r,
       
“Irritata canis quod RR quam plurima dicat.”
   1
       
Lucillus.
        “[R] that’s the dog’s name. R is for the dog.”—Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, ii. 4.
   The three R’s. Sir William Curtis being asked to give a toast, said, “I will give you the three R’s—writing, reading, and arithmetic.”   2
        “The House is aware that no payment is made except on the ‘three R’s.’”—Mr. Cory, M.P.: Address to the House of Commons, February 28th, 1867.
 


 RR.A.P. 

 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors