If you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, try your local tennis game. Event the most inexperienced player will have no trouble finding love on the court.
In tennis scoring, love means zero. This is believed to come from the French word l’oeuf, for egg. The egg shape signifies a round zero, just as they say “goose-egg” in American baseball.
In the English game of cricket, a batsman can be said to be “out for a duck”, which came from the idea of a duck’s egg referring to a zero score.
- Source: Lock, Stock & Barrel! Familiar Sayings and Their Meanings – Book available on Amazon