15 love Tennis term
|Flem-ish||As to the origins of "scoring terms" in tennis also see what the Lawn Tennis Association has to say about the subject at:
I noticed that the Shorter Oxford Dictionary abstains from expressing any opinion on this topic. Personally I see no clear link between "playing for love" and scoring nil, and I don't think either of the explanations is well documented.
When checking in the an older version of the Oxford Dictionary I noticed that already in 1780 the "Gentlemen's Magazine" described the origins of "love" in the meaning of "nil" as unknown. "We are not told how love came to mean nil."
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