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The word score can have several meanings. Originally it meant: keeping count of something by making notches in a tally stick. This might be for keeping count of how much money they owed (e.g. how much tax or debt).


In sports

  • The word score is now used for the number of points that people have got in a game or sport, e.g.:
The football match ended with a score of 3-2.
  • A footballer who kicks the ball into the goal scores a goal.
  • A person who helps to count the points during a game is “keeping score”.


In Music:

Other uses

  • Score is an old word for the number 20. It is used in the famous expression from the Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago..." = (4*20+7)years = 87 years. And in the Bible: “three score years and ten” meaning: “seventy years old” (3*20+10) (Psalm 90). This was thought to be a normal life span.
  • a score is an American 20 dollar bill (banknote).