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kaNNa
Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:55:15 AM
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In cricket, why is the word 'duck' used to refer 'zero'?
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 6:08:40 AM

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Quoting Wikipedia:
The term is a shortening of the term "duck's egg", the latter being used long before Test cricket began. The name is believed to come from the shape of the number "0" being similar to that of a duck's egg.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:03:30 AM

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This is similar to 'Love' in tennis - an anglicanisation (?anglicisation?) of the French word for egg.
MrH
Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:39:13 AM
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I remember using the term 'goose egg' to describe a score of nil.

However a 'goose' is an entirely different thing.
Shivanand
Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:36:17 AM
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Adding further, if a batsman gets out first ball, it is called golden duck! If he is out for zero in both the innings, he is supposed to have earned a pair(meaning a pair of spectacles, resembling two ducks side by side!). If he is out first ball in both the innings, he is supposed to have earned a king pair!!

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