Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall and Autumn



Leaves have begun their astoundingly beautiful downward death spiral - a morbid thought for such a beautiful process. But it is fall, after all.

While I was reminiscing about the good ol' days when you could take a long autumnal walk in the brisk mountain air through fields of tall grass, without fretting about contracting Lyme Disease, it suddenly occurred to me that I had just used the words fall and autumn interchangeably. Have you ever wondered what the difference between autumn and fall is? Me either. Here you go, from the Grammarist.

"Fall is in fact an old term for the season, originating in English in the 16th century or earlier. It was originally short for fall of the year or fall of the leaf, but it commonly took the one-word form by the 17th century, long before the development of American English. So while the term is now widely used in the U.S., it is not exclusively American, nor is it American in origin.

Autumn came to English from the French automne in the 15th or 16th century, but it didn’t gain prominence until the 18th century. After that, while fall became the preferred term in the U.S., autumn became so prevalent in British English that fall as a term for the season was eventually considered archaic. This has changed, however, as fall has been gaining ground in British publications for some time."

Fall and Autumn • 8" X 8" acrylic framed to 12" X 12" • $200

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