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It's a score for a game. Not. Just kidding.

I love word studies.

I don't know the etymology of the word in question. Here's some information.

Threescore means sixty (Three times Twenty [3 x 20]).

Fourscore means eighty (Four times Twenty [4 x 20]).

Sixscore means one hundred twenty (Six times Twenty [6 x 20]).

I will look up the history of the term and comment later.

Hopes this helps.

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According to my research, the word score meant mark, scratch, cut. I have heard and used the word used in reference to marking a piece of wood for cutting. To keep score would mean to put a line or a mark for each goal made in any game.
At some point in time and in some place the word score meant or stood for a count of 20.
Consider also: a dozen eggs, tally marks. Those are similar to the word score as used with a number.

Hope this helps

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