English Phrases : Love All

WHY DO we say Love All in tennis?

By Mrs. Hillary, Texas, USA - 27th June-2007

You have been watching the matches on T.V., haven't you?
Love I understand comes from the French l'oeuf which means an egg. The egg, as you know, has for a long time symbolized zero. So, when the umpire says, love all what he means is that the score is zero-zero. No one has scored a point as yet. This is one of the explanations.

Some others have suggested that
love comes from the phrase for the love of the game. In the old days people played because they enjoyed the game. They didn't play for money. Things have really changed since then, haven't they? Nowadays the first thing that most sportsmen say is, Show me the money.

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