How Did "Score" End Up Meaning 'Twenty'?

@mythociate (15963)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 14, 2011 5:32pm CST
I looked into Revelation to see 'the number of the name of beast'; it didn't say '666,' but rather "six-hundred, three-score and six." What if 'Score' is something different than twenty?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Apr 11
Danged if I know. I gave up trying to find it on a search...
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@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Apr 11
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Apr 11
I did not score. :D
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@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Apr 11
Lemme guess: you looked-up "score," and it gave you a bunch of sports-statistics?
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• United States
14 Apr 11
WEll, that is an interesting thought - hadn't thought about that. However, "score" has been 20 for a long time - "four-score and" however many years ago - was what Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg address... but REvelation was written long before that so it might indeed be something else that would mean we'd all been freakin' out over nothin'! lol!
@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Apr 11
Yeah, maybe it was just like 'a handful' (like "'ages and ages and ages and ages' and however many years ago"), making 'The Mark' just 606 with a few scratches
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• United States
14 Apr 11
This could be very true... then we've been afraid of the wrong number all these years! lol! Maybe scores is plural meaning only two -- and that makes it 626!! Or even better it could be 636 which you can use to find the geometric mean and come up with the number 6 which is the day man was created!! Ah! Ha! the number of man!!! lol!
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@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Apr 11
Ah! But "woman" (meaning 'with man' or 'of man') was created on the eighth or ninth day, or the week/year after (you know how God is about getting-around-to fixing problems ), so maybe it's six-to-the-power-of-'the short eternity man must wait before God presents woman to him'!
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@LaDeBoheme (2003)
• United States
15 Apr 11
It could mean something else, but I doubt it. From the dictionary -- Origin: before 1100; (noun) Middle English; late Old English scora, score (plural; singular *scoru ) group of twenty
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16 Apr 11
Yes, it's all down to the good old jigsaw that is the English language.
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@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 Apr 11
But is there some STORY behind the meaning? Like 'One day the king grabbed a handful of daisies to give to his girlfriend. When he gave her the handful of daisies, and she asked for his hand in marriage. We wanted to know how many daisies had led to a score.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
16 Apr 11
I guess it is the same as "four score and seven years ago..." meaning 87 years ago in the Gettysburg Address. At least in English, it seems to have always meant 20.
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• United States
14 Apr 11
You got me on this myth, all I could find was score and 20 being related.
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