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Love, l’oeuf, and tennis

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 1999

While watching the men’s final at the French Open today, I noticed that the French scorekeeper used “zero” in place of “love” when announcing the score. This is interesting because “love” was originally derived from the French “l’oeuf” which means “egg”, a reference to the egg-shaped numeral zero. The British then bastardized “l’oeuf” into “love”. Apparently, the French no longer use “l’oeuf” or even “amour”, the French translation of “love”, but just plain old “zero”.

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