COMMONS IN REVOLT AS SCORES OF MPS REFUSE TO REPAY EXPENSES
- Thus The Times
The actual number was 80. It said so in paragraph two. It's a lot simpler, though, to refer to 80 as an unspecified multiple of 20, presumably on the basis of marking a notch in a stick when attempting to count sheep. Explanation here.
Incidentally, 43,000 sheep drowned yesterday, which means 2,150 score.
Even more incidentally, the French used to have a word huitant before shifting to quatre vingt or four score. It was also of course Abraham Lincoln's preferred method of counting. Why say 87 when four score and seven will do?