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Thursday 25th August 2016
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Where does "break a duck" come from?


Today, I’m breaking my duck on “Mystery Hour”. Where does the phrase “break my duck” come from. Obviously cricket, but why do they call 0 runs a duck?
Bernard, Waterloo


** Definitive **
Name: John, Edgware
Qualification: Breaking my Mystery Hour duck
Answer: Duck is short for duck’s egg, which is the shape of a 0. So a duck is 0.