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Old 12-12-2011, 02:51 PM
Peter Morris Peter Morris is offline
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I think the meanings of score are all connected.

before 1100; (noun) Middle English; late Old English scora, score (plural; singular *scoru ) group of twenty (apparently orig. notch) < Old Norse skor notch; (v.) Middle English scoren to incise, mark with lines, tally debts < Old Norse skora to notch, count by tallies; later v. senses derivative of the noun; akin to shear

As I understand it, it comes from counting i9n groups of 20, and cutting a notch for each group. Thus you have three base meanings there:
1) group of twenty
2) cutting
3) keeping count.

And lots of other meanings derived from them.