The alt.usage.english FAQ
On its AOL message board, Merriam-Webster Editorial Department
wrote: "The notion that the sports term 'love' comes from the
French _l'oeuf_ seems to be another popular fallacy; so far, our
etymologists have been unable to find any evidence that _oeuf_ was
ever used in a 'zero' or 'goose-egg' sense in reference to game
scores. A more probable, if less imaginative, explanation can be
found in the Oxford English Dictionary, which links this sense of
'love' to the phrase 'for love' (i.e. 'without stakes, for
Source: [Mark Israel, 'Word Origins: "love"="zero"', The alt.usage.english FAQ file,(line 3783), (29 Sept 1997)]
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