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AUTUMN OR FALL

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Is it “Autumn” or is it “Fall”? why a season has two names?

Both 'autumn' and 'fall' originated in Britain. So why is 'fall' primarily used in America?

The older of the two words is autumn, which first came into English in the 1300s from the Latin word autumns. It had extensive use right from its first appearance in English writing, and with good reason: the common name for this intermediary season prior to the arrival of autumn was harvest, which was potentially confusing, since harvest can refer to both the time when harvesting crops usually happens (autumn) as well as the actual harvesting of crops (harvest).

The word autumn was, then, a big hit. Both autumn and fall were born in Britain, and both emigrated to America. But autumn was, by far, the more popular term for quite a long time. In fact, the "autumn" sense of fall wasn't even entered into a dictionary until 1755, when Samuel Johnson first entered it in his Dictionary of the English Language.

According to John Pickering, a lexicographer: A friend has pointed out to me the following remark on this word: "In North America, the season in which this [the fall of the leaf] takes place, derives its name from that circumstance, and instead of autumn is universally called the fall."

Fall is still occasionally used in countries where British English is spoken, but usually only in a handful of fixed phrases, like spring and fall.

No matter which word is used autumn or fall, this season with its special beauty brings lots of emotional feelings to the people who are fans.

 


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