Posted by Henry on November 24, 2003
In Reply to: Out for a duck posted by Lotg on November 24, 2003
: Why is a duck - a zero batting score in cricket? ie. why a 'duck'? (It's OK, Northern Americans are exempt from this question - te he.) Course, on the other hand, you Northern Americans might just trick me and know the answer, and that's pretty cool too.
This is short for 'out for a duck's egg', the duck's egg being the large nought recorded on the scoreboard. The expression is recorded from the 1860s.
There's a similar origin for 'love' at tennis, said to derive from l'oeuf, French for egg.