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Recto, rectum, recta

And so back to the EIS conference and the debate on rectors. Bill Tait, a Midlothian teacher, revealed the dictionary definition of rector was sandwiched between recto, which pertains to the rectum, and rectrix, which is a bird's long tail-feather for steering.

When he turned to rector, the dictionary said God. "It was one of the terms in the Middle Ages used for the great headmaster in the sky," Tait elucidated.

Other delegates wondered if there indeed might be a new national organisation for rectors. Something like the Association of Rectors in Scottish Education. You've got it.

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