Fall officially arrives tonight around 9:00. In the Lowcountry – summer has added one more ” heat” victory today…making fall wait another 24 hours – Fall Equinox or not. But by Friday night we will be in the 50’s and enjoy a very fall like feeling for our semi-tropical area this weekend ! Can’t wait! That will be the best present of all!
Do you happen to know the story behind the choice selection of calling the season ( between summer and winter) fall or autumn… well… now you will! Today we use the two terms pretty interchangeably… but the major difference deviates between American and British English. Autumn is considered the more formal name while fall occurs more in American English.
How did these two completely unalike words come to refer to the same season? We have to time travel back to the 1300’s -when the original word used before (” autumn”)was ” harvest.” However … using harvest to name a season was confusing since the term had been used for centuries to define the actual process of gathering crops- known as the ” harvesting” of them.
So by the time the seasonal term ” Autumn” appeared …farmers were relieved and Autumn was a big hit! BUT… the famous poets of the time loved the beauty and colorful changes so much- they started writing prose like ” the fall of the leaves.” Over time the phrase was shortened to just fall in the 1600’s.
Both words emigrated to America from England but by the middle of the 1800’s America’s Fall Season and England’s Autumn Season had diverged permanently…. though this time it has also been American poets preferring the more formal term Autumn.
Mary Oliver’s tribute to Autumn
I decided today’s post should be artistically visual -just for the beauty and happiness of the season.
So until tomorrow… Autumn or Fall? It’s a personal call. Breathe in the air… cool breezes with flair. Colors galore… we cry out for more… Leaves fall away… we watch them in play… Memories made…gratitude repaid. Fall has it all. ( Jingle Dingle ☺️)
Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh