Where did the Tennis Term ''LOVE'' come from.?

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    The origins are not fully known, but one common explanation was that when the game was first being played back in medieval times, a clock face was used on court. The clock hand would move a quarter for each point. When the hand moved to sixty, the game was over. Therefore, the scoring would be love, 15, 30, 45, and 60 instead of the traditional 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Whoever scored 60 (4 points) first would win the game. However, instead of using “zero” the word “love” was used. Since, the word “love” comes from the French word l’oeuf, meaning egg which symbolizes nothing, it is assumed that “love” was used because it is represents zero. Another explanation for the use of the word “love” is because the egg looks like a zero. Eventually, the 45 was shortened to 40, and people quit saying 60 altogether. Interestingly, while the English mispronounced l’oeuf as love, the French eventually changed back to using zero, while the English kept “love”. The term “love” also implies that someone who plays and scores zero points must truly love the game.

  • nobuko
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Tennis Term Love

  • 1 decade ago

    It seems to have been adapted from the phrase 'to play for love (of the game)' (that is, to play for nothing). Although the theory is often heard that it represents the French word l'oeuf an 'egg' (from the resemblance between an egg and a nought) this seems unlikely.

  • 3 years ago

    Love Tennis Term

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  • 1 decade ago

    The word ' love' in tennis terms represents 'nil'. It means to play for love of the game rather than for anything. Thus the word 'love'.

  • Leonor
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    No-one is absolutely certain, but there are two main theories. The first, and most likely, is that it comes from the phrase "to play for the love of the game" (that is, to play for nothing). This is the origin of "love" that is favoured by the authorative Oxford English Dictionary. The other theory, although there is no actual proof of this one, is due to the simimilarity of a zero to an egg. Because the sport originated in France ( in fact, "tennis" is itself derived from the French word "tenez", meaning "hold it" or " "see what you can do with that!"), it is often assumed that the french word for an egg (L'oueuf, which is pronunced "lerff") was used as the symbol for a score of zero. But this theory is probably just a popular myth.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is no definitive origin for the tennis score name for 0, "love". It first occurred in English, is of comparatively recent (albeit inexactly dated) origin, and is not used in other languages. The most commonly believed hypothesis is that it is derived from English speakers mis-hearing the French "l'œuf", "the egg", which was the name for a score of zero used in French, because the symbol for a zero used on the scoreboard was an elliptical zero symbol, which visually resembled an egg.

  • eggman
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Here's waht the OED says:

    love

    • noun 1 an intense feeling of deep affection. 2 a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone. 3 a great interest and pleasure in something. 4 a person or thing that one loves. 5 (in tennis, squash, etc.) a score of zero. apparently from the phrase play for love (i.e. the love of the game, not for money).

  • anne b
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    In tennis scoring love means nothing, hence love-thirty is 0-30. A common (but unproven) explanation for the term "love" to signify a score of zero is that it originates from the French term "l´oeuf." Another explanation is based on the idea that to do something for love is to do something for nothing (zero).

  • 1 decade ago

    comes from the French word l’oeuf, meaning egg which symbolizes nothing, it is assumed that “love” was used because it is represents zero. Another explanation for the use of the word “love” is because the egg looks like a zero.

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