Sunday, June 06, 2010

What is "love"?

Why is a score of zero in tennis called "love"?

This tennis term is not very lovely for the players. But, no matter; the word's origin has nothing at all to do with amore.

Love is really a distortion of the French word oeuf, which means egg, as in goose egg. Love is definitely a kinder way of referring to zero points than goose egg.

This installment of Useless Information was taken from "The Book of Totally Useless Information" by Don Voorhees. Hope you enjoyed it.

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