“L’oeuf” or “love”

The scoring system in tennis is identical to the system used in real tennis a few centuries earlier. In France, the expression “l’œuf” (the egg) was used in real tennis instead of zero (the zero resembles an egg).
The English-speaking countries took up this word phonetically. Today, if you are at Wimbledon, you can hear the umpire say “love/fifteen” and not “zero/fifteen”.
Love, from the French “l’œuf”. (More)

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