Where Did the Word “Score” Come From and What Does the Term Mean?

Scores are tallied to decide the winner of a game.

The word “tally” comes from “talea”, the Latin word for stick.

Scoring is the act of cutting notches or nicks onto that stick to keep track.

where did the word score come from and what does the term mean

A stick was sometimes split down the middle so a creditor and debtor could keep an honest tally by notching transactions at the same time.

In sport, the side with the most scores or notches cut into a tally stick was the winner.

The outcome of a game is known as the “score”.

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