Fall Once Had a Different Name

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The season we call fall was once referred to simply as “harvest” to reflect the time when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage, roughly between August and November. Astronomically, the season lasts from the end of the September until December, between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (Want to learn more about the difference between a solstice and an equinox? Find out here.) The word harvest comes from the Old Norse word haust meaning “to gather or pluck.” In the early 1600s as more people started moving into cities, the word harvest fell out of use. Instead, city dwellers began to use the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to the third season of the year when trees lose their leaves. The word fall comes from the Old English word feallan which means “to fall or to die.” Over time, the phrase was shortened to fall. “Fall of the leaf” is a little clunky to use in common parlance.

Surprisingly, we don’t really know where the word autumn comes from. It was used as far back at the 1300s (by Chaucer), and Shakespeare often used the word, as in Midsummer Night’s Dream when one character describes the cycle of the year, “The spring, the summer, the childing autumn, angry winter.” However, etymologists have not determined its precise origin.

As English spread to the New World, the common season names split as well. The use of the word fall fell out of favor in England. Today, American English uses the word fall while British English uses autumn almost exclusively. Fall provides a nice foil to its opposite season, spring, and gives us the helpful reminder, “Spring ahead, fall back,” when we get confused about our clocks on daylight savings. (Want to learn more about daylight saving time? Read here!)

Still wooing travelers Departing Frontier CEO to head resort club.(Business)

Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) August 7, 2007 | Milstead, David Byline: David Milstead, Rocky Mountain News Jeff Potter says Exclusive Resorts, the company he’s joining as CEO, reminds him of Frontier Airlines, the company he’s leaving.

But there also are important differences: “It’s not too often an organization is a terrifically well-financed organization, dynamic in terms of management, and basically defining a new consumer industry,” Potter said. “There aren’t too many positions out there (like this).” Potter said last week he would leave Frontier Airlines, where he’s worked for most of the past 12 years, on Sept. 6. But he didn’t reveal his destination, except to say it was outside the airline industry.

Monday, the other shoe dropped. Exclusive Resorts, the Denver-based real estate club, said Potter will become its new CEO.

Exclusive Resorts, founded in 2002, is part of a nascent industry. The company offers wealthy travelers the opportunity to use its properties as alternatives to buying vacation homes. One-time membership fees run into the six figures, with annual dues in the tens of thousands. Boulder-based Quintess, another entrant in the industry, merged last year with Dream Catcher Retreats.

With AOL founder Steve Case as majority owner and a billion-dollar property portfolio, Exclusive Resorts is widely regarded as a leader in the field.

To make room for Potter, current CEO Donn Davis assumes the position of executive chairman. Potter will report to him.

“Jeff is a proven CEO in a very competitive part of the travel industry,” Davis said. “He clearly brings great management experience, in terms of having to continue to provide great customer service, while still (growing) the business.” When a fast-growing private company adds a CEO with public-company experience, the natural assumption is that an IPO is in the works. But, warned Davis, “I wouldn’t infer anything about him leading a public company.” And, Potter said, “when Donn approached me, it wasn’t a topic of discussion. What we focused on was leading an organization and what I could bring to the table.” Potter leaves the airline business as Frontier faces challenges. Southwest Airlines has cut into Frontier’s low-fare business in Denver, and the company posted a loss in the quarter ended June 30. website big island hawaii

The company’s share price is down 70 percent since Potter became CEO in 2002, steeper than the drop in the Amex airline index.

Potter’s departure, coupled with the retirement of Chairman and co-founder Sam Addoms, also has sparked speculation about Frontier’s future.

But Potter, who will remain on Frontier’s board, says the company “will do wonderful things. . . . I had a great job and I’m moving on to a great job.” Potter made a salary of $311,250 and no bonus in Frontier’s most recent fiscal year. While the company granted him options and stock awards valued at more than $300,000, Frontier’s declining share price has left all of Potter’s nearly 275,000 stock options out of the money. site big island hawaii

Potter declined to discuss his compensation, as did Davis, who would say only that Potter has some sort of equity participation in Exclusive Resorts.

“Do we all get a paycheck?” Potter asked rhetorically. “Yes, but that wasn’t the driving force behind this decision.” INFOBOX Jeff Potter on board with Exclusive Resorts * Founded: 2002 by brothers Brent and Brad Handler * What it does: Owns a portfolio of $1 billion worth of luxury vacation properties that club members can use * Big name: AOL co-founder Steve Case bought a majority stake in the company in 2004.

* The cost: Members pay $225,000 to $425,000 to join, with annual dues ranging from $12,900 to $29,000 for 15 to 45 days of travel a year.

Five-star properties Jeff Potter is leaving Frontier Airlines for Exclusive Resorts, the Denver-based real estate club, as its new CEO. The company offers wealthy travelers the opportunity to use its properties as alternatives to buying vacation homes and has locations all over the world.

* In Colorado:

Snowmass Telluride Vail and Beaver Creek * Other locations:

Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tuscany, Italy French Alps Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica Paris Note: A Steamboat Springs Location Is Under Development. Photos: Exclusive Resorts CAPTION(S):

Photo (10) Jeff Potter CAPTION: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii CAPTION: Telluride CAPTION: Vail and Beaver Creek CAPTION: Snowmass CAPTION: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands CAPTION: Tuscany, Italy CAPTION: French Alps CAPTION: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica CAPTION: Paris Milstead, David

Barnes and Noble assumes management of ENMU bookstore.

The Portales News-Tribune (Portales, NM) April 26, 2007 Byline: Casey Peacock Apr. 26–The Eastern New Mexico University Bookstore will soon have a new look and feel to it.

Starting Monday, the bookstore will be under the operation of Barnes and Noble College Booksellers.

“This is a partnership we are entering into with Eastern New Mexico University right know,” said regional manager for Barnes and Noble College Booksellers Marc Eckhart.

In the coming months, changes will be made to the ENMU bookstore. Those changes will reflect the look and feel of a Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, but will also include a college flair to the store, Eckhart said. site barnes and noble coupon code

For now the biggest transition will be going from university operations to the Barnes and Noble operation. No big changes will take place for awhile and any that do will be a collaborative effort with Barnes and Noble and ENMU, said store manager Cole Martin.

“Once we transition, we just want to serve the campus the best we can,” Martin said.

Martin, has relocated to the area to operate the bookstore under Barnes and Noble. He has worked for the company in various roles for the past seven years before being promoted to his current position. A West Texas native, Martin says he is excited to be in the area and is looking forward to becoming involved in the community. here barnes and noble coupon code

The bookstore will continue to cater to the ENMU campus and community by offering textbooks and school/office supplies. The new twist will be a selection of general books and current bestsellers. The bookstore will also have monthly promotions and an enhanced school spirit section, Eckhart said.

“I think the campus will see a new quality of product as they become available,” Eckhart said.

For now the bookstore will continue to operate under its existing hours. Not only will the bookstore be open to students, faculty and staff, but it will also be available for the public to use, Eckhart said.

“The community is more than welcome and we would love their business,” Eckhart said. “It can be a positive thing for the community.” Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.

A makeover for Macca; Life & Style: Get rid of that absurd brown hair, remould his sagging breasts – how Heather should knock her new husband into shape.

The Evening Standard (London, England) June 12, 2002 | Hart-Davis, Alice Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS SO congratulations, Heather, you’ve got him!

But, boy, have you got some work to do. Macca may be a national institution, but he could still do with a bit of …. updating. A man with that much dosh oughtn’t to look anything less than immaculate, and you, my dear, are going to have to tell him how. go to website highlights for brown hair

First, the clothes. He looks good in suits, which is something; it’s just the way he wears them, with tight T-shirts and trainers – or worse, those backless trainer-slipper things, which ought never to be allowed out of doors.

Chelsea boots would suit his heritage, and perhaps you could get Stella to slip a few Gucci shirts his way; they cut them nice and slim, and he tends to like tops to be quite tight-fitting.

Now a tight-fitting shirt is one thing, but a tight-fitting T-shirt is an abomination on a saggy, ageing chest. Sorry, but pictured with Heather just before the wedding it looked as if Macca has gynecomastia which is, shhh!, male breast formation. “The profile of his physique looks like he’s a bit high in oestrogen,” says Tim Bean of Total Physique Management. “Cutting down wheat and dairy and upping his protein intake would help – as would press-ups. Three sets of 15 every other day, and he’ll put a couple of inches onto his chest.

Add those to an exercise session, and he’ll soon be tighter and leaner.” Or there’s the radical solution: male breast removal; an increasingly popular procedure according to top Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Jan Stanek.

“More men want this so they’ll look good in tight T-shirts and on the beach,” he says. “Lots of blokes who have it done would never take their shirts off in public before.” Then there’s the face. Those eyes, so charmingly droopy 30 years ago, are now wreathed in wrinkles. “The best thing for that is Botox,” says Mr Stanek. in our site highlights for brown hair

But what will make the most difference is the hair. By all means, keep the grey at bay, but that colour doesn’t match his skin-tone, and those chestnutty bits shriek “Dye!” “Colour simply doesn’t work on a man’s hair in the same way that it does on women,” says hairdresser Valentino, who has run his own salon in Thackeray Street, Kensington, for 21 years. “Thanks to men’s hormones, their hair texture is different. It absorbs pigment and reflects colour in a different way. On a man, colour will look more garish. Unless the colourist really knows what they’re doing, the result simply won’t look natural – that’s why Sir Paul’s hair looks so naff.” Valentino, who has been grey for 20 years, volunteers his own hair to show how it should be done. “I’m doing this because I know a lot of men are scared of dyeing their hair, but I know there are ways it can be made to work,” he says. The right colour is crucial, and after an analysis of his skin colour, Valentino opts for a “cool dark brown”. A technician combs the dye through his hair (and eyebrows) leaves it for 15 minutes and then washes it out again – and that’s that. It looks perfectly natural. “Having more colour around my face makes my features more defined,” he says afterwards. “But what’s so bizarre is that I look in the mirror and think: ‘Why didn’t I do this before?’” Valentino: 020 7937 6911; Tim Bean: 07947 329 969; Jan Stanek: 020 7487 4454.

Hart-Davis, Alice


  1. A. Moore -  February 26, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Daylight Saving.
    When Daylight Saving was introduced into Australian clock time a little over 30 years ago, some people had a negative reaction to it.
    I clearly remember reports in the news covering comments by those who were against its introduction. Probably the funniest, and most stupid comment, made in all seriousness, was the complaint that Daylight Saving was having a detrimental effect on the complainant’s curtains. Apparently, the extra hour of ‘saved daylight’ was taking more of the colour out of her curtain material.

    • Cody -  September 23, 2015 - 12:31 pm

      I admit I can be quite pedantic, and anyone is welcome to state this (I simply don’t care what anyone thinks on the matter – I shouldn’t care any more than they should care whether I am pedantic or not) – but not all of Australia observes DST. Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory do not.

      And as for DST more generally: it is problematic for some people (and therefore a negative reaction is reasonable) and no it has nothing to do with the inability to adapt or poor mentality. Circadian rhythms is one example of many others. But what would those deciding whether to observe DST know about this? Therein lies the problem to most things in this world.

    • Mariam -  November 20, 2015 - 9:56 am

      Do you want to become friends

    • Jorshnov Acsunabiolli -  February 1, 2016 - 3:30 pm


  2. Roxanne -  December 16, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Why does this site say that we don’t know the origin of ‘autumn’ when the link to the word itself gives the etymology back as far as Latin?

    • Gwencallon -  September 23, 2015 - 5:23 pm

      When they are talking about the origin of the word they don’t mean, simply, the original language. They mean how did the word come about? Did ‘autumnus’ come from a word meaning ‘to harvest?’ Or did it come from a word meaning ‘ripen?’ Did it come from a word meaning ‘red’ or ‘windy’ or ‘dying leaves’ or lfalling’ or ‘cooling?’ We still don’t know.

      I did some other research and found this:

      From earlier auctumnus, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃euǵ- ‘cold’ (compare Old Irish úacht, Lithuanian áušti ‘to cool off’, Old Armenian oyc). Possibly influenced by auctus ‎(“enriched, enlarged, ample”).

    • Roxy -  October 14, 2015 - 8:45 am

      My name is Roxanne also, I named my daughter Autumn because it is my favorite season. I was curious and stumbled across this and wondered the same thing, lol.

  3. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 9, 2013 - 2:34 am

    You’ve been MIA for 3 weeks & 4 days! Where did you go? I’m getting worried! As soon as you see this, please post on this article or the one about gifts vs. presents. Thanks!
    P.S. If you found a cooler website, please tell me what it is so I can check it out. :)

  4. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 8, 2013 - 7:17 am

    I’m back! My vacation was awesome…I hung out on the beach and saw elephants, too!

    I finished my palace! Now it has bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I’m working on a dungeon now. What are you up to?

    Your English is fine.

  5. enea -  November 30, 2013 - 9:54 pm

    Autumn has the same origin of Autunno, from the latin Autumnus (fall).
    Autumnus <— Auctumnus <— Auctus (past participle of Augere): increased, enriched, because of the abundance of fruit, crops etc… of this season.

    I'm italian, so I know the origin of romanic words but my English is full of mistakes, please forgive me.

  6. berlioz -  November 30, 2013 - 7:54 am

    for me it was a southern Europe word (Galicy ? Italy ? Spain ? Catalogna ?)

  7. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 30, 2013 - 7:01 am

    A note to Angalyssa: I’m going out of town for a few days, but I’ll be back on Friday. I’ll post next Saturday or Sunday.

  8. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 28, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I love pie! And cheesecake. I’m having both with Thanksgiving Dinner. Yum! :D

  9. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 27, 2013 - 1:13 am

    You busy again? Haven’t heard from you for a while. Post when you see this. Thanks! :) And Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    I’ve been to Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and France. It’s beautiful there! I’ve seen the Swiss Alps, the Italian Duomo (and the seventy-four Santa Maria Della Such-and-Such’es too), a German castle, and a quaint French town. I’ve seen olive groves in Tuscany and the Sistine Ceiling. And I learned so much history too. I love Europe! “There is no mystery, when you get history” – nice job with that. Oh – did I mention I’ve been studying Latin since 1st grade? It makes learning Spanish so much easier, and is also helpful for learning Italian, French, and even modern-day English grammar (since about half of English is derived from Latin). If you don’t study Latin, I encourage you to do so. It really isn’t hard to learn.

  11. Cloverpaw and Falcon's Cry -  November 24, 2013 - 5:13 am

    Hi, my name is Cloverpaw and I’m a ThunderClan apprentice. The dictionary forgot to say that we Warrior cats call this season “leaf-fall” because of all the falling leaves. It’s my favorite season. Beautiful colors, plenty of prey, great weather – leaf-fall has it all! But the frost late in leaf-fall reminds me that leaf-bare will soon be here. Oh, time for a hunting patrol – coming, Cinderheart!

    Hi there. I’m Falcon’s Cry, and I’m a wolf from the Ice Pack. We live up in the mountains by the Ice Lake. We wolves call this season redleaf-season or frost-season, because it brings colorful leaves and frost. This is the season when the Ice Lake begins to freeze over. When frost-season comes, I know it won’t be long until Gathering Day, when all the wolf packs cross the frozen lake and meet on Paw Print Island, in the middle of the Ice Lake, to celebrate the longest night of the year. Why do we celebrate it? Because long nights mean long hunting. We gather on Paw Print Island during the day, and then all the packs go back to their territories and hunt all night. I’ve got to go now – time to patrol my territory.

  12. LENO -  November 23, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    As English is a combination of three languages; Latin, German and Slavic, autumn is derived from the Latin word autunno. I’m pretty sure there is no mystery here as to where it came from, as there are many words like, patio or umbrella that are of Italian or Latin origin. When you say good morning, you are speaking a German phrase remade. My Fatherly suggestion to all young people is to travel to Europe with an opened mind and start to learn where things developed from and the why’s. Don’t go to party, but go to become free from the slavery of ignorance. Europe is a huge history museum (greater than a classroom or book). Use the books before and during travel to be amazed and break away from the shackles of ignorance. Pick a latin language and learn the historical facts and truth. You will never stop.There is no mystery, when you get history! Enjoy! LJM.
    P.S. Where did, save by the bell and grave yard shift come from? It’s history.

  13. Steven G -  November 20, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    This site is so enjoyable, thanks for all the information contained.

  14. Juan-José Hartlöhner -  November 19, 2013 - 7:19 am

    Autumn comes clearly from Latin “autumns”.
    In Spanish “otoño” or “autunno” in Italian.
    “Automne” in French.
    The Germans called it “Herbst”, to brings you to harvest.

  15. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 19, 2013 - 5:49 am

    How is A Midsummer Night’s Dream gay? Or r u just calling it gay cuz u don’t like it? Gay is a serious accusation, u know.

  16. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 19, 2013 - 5:46 am

    I’m so excited I almost wrote “I’m so exited!” Please go to the article about the meaning of the word selfie. I found somebody who can match u at saying a word lots of times in a single sentence! Except Psyquis52 (that’s the guy/gal who posted the comment) used “selfie” instead of “secret.” Maybe we can have a contest to see how many secret’s or selfie’s or whatever we can fit in one sentence! I used secret, like before, but I only did 7. See u there! :-D

    P.S. Do u watch the X Factor? I really like it.

  17. Loriirene -  November 18, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    In America we say Fall and Autumn.

    • Noel -  September 9, 2014 - 1:43 am

      you say fall and autumn ,What month is AUTUMN because we never learn`t double dutch.

  18. megan -  November 17, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    midsummer’s night dream is gaaaaay

  19. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 14, 2013 - 1:43 am

    Also @Angalyssa:
    How did you get the website to take what you put in the Website field? Whatever I put turns red and the dictionary won’t let me put it as my website. Please tell me what you’re doing in Minecraft!

  20. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 14, 2013 - 1:41 am

    @Angalyssa (again):
    After the End, two people have this long dialogue about how Minecraft is a dream and the players create it and blah blah blah. I don’t remember all of it. It was so long my friend skipped some of it. But I’m not done with my world – actually, I’ve hardly started! I’m going to turn it on Survival when I’m done building my mansion and stocking it up with food and tools.

  21. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 14, 2013 - 1:38 am

    Yeah, I totally agree! This new blog is such a pain! If you posted a comment after I told you about the End, I didn’t see it b4 it got deleted. :-( Maybe we can distract ourselves from this stupid website by talking about Minecraft. In case you didn’t see my comments about the End, my friend beat the End. She was playing on my profile. The End is pretty dark, with green ground and tall black towers with beacons on top. The beacons are cubes of glass turning in a fire. The Ender Dragon, who’s so beautiful, doesn’t breathe fire, unfortunately. :-( The beacons regenerate her health. There are tons of Endermen wandering around. You have to destroy all the beacons and then kill the Ender Dragon. It takes ages, even though my friend was using an enchanted diamond sword. (It was Creative. She flew after the Ender Dragon.)

  22. Angalyssa -  November 13, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Im Confused With This Stupid Website :( >:( Someone Help Me Forreal’z.

  23. Angalyssa -  November 13, 2013 - 8:57 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Did You Reply Back? Dictionary.Com Is Updated & I Hate It So Much. :)

  24. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 13, 2013 - 6:46 am

    What have you done to the Hot Word?!?! You deleted some of the comments, you made the whole thing look weird, and now I don’t know how to get around. And I spent so much time on some of my comments! I hate the new format!! Please change it back!!!

  25. lol -  November 12, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    i never knew…
    spring ahead,fall back

  26. hijjj -  November 12, 2013 - 1:37 pm


  27. makala -  October 29, 2013 - 9:55 am

    the word autum comes from the latin word autumusso yeah idk !turn up!

  28. Angalyssa -  October 29, 2013 - 9:24 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher

  29. Angalyssa -  October 29, 2013 - 9:14 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    And thanks. Nope not my real name :) lol

  30. Chris D. -  October 29, 2013 - 8:21 am

    Actually, the word Autumn comes from the Latin Autumnus, which in turns derives from a combination of Latin and Greek words that roughly translates to “at year’s full maturity” (probably referring to the time when the Earth’s vegetation reaches its full maturity and “dies”). To this day, romance languages still use Latin derivations to describe the season: Otoño in Spanish, Automne in French and Autunno in Italian, which are all very cool (see what I did there?)

  31. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 29, 2013 - 3:57 am

    Sorry, Angalyssa, I forgot to tell you, I leave the website at about 10 a.m. Dictionary.com time.

  32. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 28, 2013 - 10:03 am

    @Angalyssa: That isn’t your real name, is it? Is it a nickname, or did you just make that up to put as your screen name?

  33. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 28, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Hey, Angalyssa, just a heads-up to let you know I’m here.

  34. Angalyssa -  October 28, 2013 - 9:27 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Version 1.7 Is What I Meant To Type :) Lol

  35. Angalyssa -  October 28, 2013 - 9:23 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I’m Fine Okay. Thanks Tho :) I Post On Alot Of Websites Btw. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Stumbleupon. Texting :) Everything. I Play Pocket Edition On My Iphone 5. Yeah We Should Play MC Together. That’s Be Ku. Oh Yeah It’s Almost My Birthday :) October 30 Is My Bday ! :) So Excited! & wolf tamer and tree puncher, Thanks For Being Concerned About Me, But If You Always Get Mad I Don’t Answer Rite Away, Why Don’t You Just Call Me Then? Cause I Always Answer My Phone On The First Ring. Cause That’s Just How I Am. Very Connected With Advanced Technology These Days <3

  36. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 28, 2013 - 6:52 am

    @Angalyssa: I’m going to try to be on this article every day at 9:30 a.m. Dictionary.com time. I’ll either be here at 9:30 sharp, or not at all. But I won’t be here at all on Fridays. Also, I comment on every Dictionary.com article, so you should be able to find me anywhere. Talk to you later!

  37. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 28, 2013 - 5:55 am

    @Angalyssa: About us both being here at the same time, any time between 9 and 10 a.m. Dictionary.com time would work for me. That also seems to be good for you since all your comments are from that time. How about it?

  38. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 28, 2013 - 5:53 am

    Omigosh! You’re back, Angalyssa! :-D :-D :-D ! How on earth did I miss your comments? I checked, like, five times a day every day. I never, ever give any personal information out online because I’m kinda paranoid about stalkers. Not that I think you’re a stalker, of course. In answer to your question, I saw people commenting on a previous article and asking other commenters (is that a word?) to email them. I didn’t quite get that. And in answer to your other question, I think we should agree on a time to both be on this Hotword article. Then we can comment back and forth to each other at the same time. I don’t have Facebook or Twitter or any social networking things because I’m only 13 (in December) and my parents have strict Internet rules. I do have an email account though. Oh, and how old are you? I’d also like to know about your Minecraft worlds. I’m currently building a huge mansion.
    P.S. I don’t get on Dictionary.com on Fridays because that’s a busy day for me. Sometimes on Saturdays I check the Hotword, but mostly I like to watch TV (especially Phineas & Ferb), play Minecraft, and go swimming on Saturdays. Sunday through Thursday, though, I check this website.

  39. C -  October 27, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Really? People think Daylight Saving is saving “daylight?” I sincerely hope they are joking…. Benjamin Franklin first thought of Daylight Saving when he visited France and saw how staying up late to party made them use lots of artificial lights(at the time, I think it was candles) and thought if we started our day according to daylight it would save “resource” hence the name Daylight Saving.

    However, it was not used until WW1 to save resource for the war. A lot of Ben Franklin’s inventions were shelved for different reasons just in case you were wondering. Also, I learned that Daylight Saving saves maximum of 3000 barrels of fuel a day although I will admit details a bit hazy as I learned this years ago(3000 or 5000, a day in whole of the US or just a reagion in the US)

    So although I didn’t and still somewhat don’t like Daylight Saving. I do think people waste energy too much especially here in the US and should save energy as much as we can, so I think small inconvenience just two days a year is not too bad. Also, I used to get really excited when I get “extra” one hour of sleep when I was in high school although it’s not technically true;)

  40. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 27, 2013 - 9:08 am

    sean, the Spanish words “otono” and “octavo” are descended from the Latin words “autumnus, -a, -um” meaning autumn/fall, and “octo” meaning eight.

    Angalyssa, you’ve been MIA for 11 days now. You’ve never been gone for more than 6 days at a time. What’s going on?
    If you’re sick, I will pray for you to get well.
    If you’re out of town, it would be helpful if you let me know before you leave (just a suggestion), and I hope you’re having fun.
    If you found some more interesting website to post on, please tell me what it is so I can check it out.
    If you feel awkward about your previous comments, don’t worry about it. It was an honest mistake anyone could make.
    If you’re upset with me for some reason, please tell me what it is. I promise, I didn’t mean to upset you in any way.
    If you’re busy, please post if you can find the time.
    Again, please, please, _please_ let me know what’s going on. I am praying for you and your family. :-D

  41. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 27, 2013 - 8:11 am

    Vampyr, the daylight is saved because it is light from when we get up until nearly 9 p.m. Normally, the daylight would not last that long.

  42. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 26, 2013 - 6:32 am

    It’s Minecraft Version 1.7, not Version 7. Sorry about that. Do you play MC pocket edition or PC edition? I play PC edition only since I don’t have a tablet or iPhone.

  43. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 26, 2013 - 6:25 am

    Have you gotten the latest MC update, Minecraft Version 7 (The Update That Changed the World)? I have played it and it’s great. Here are some things that are changed:
    1. Lots more flowers, the Acacia Tree, and the Dark Oak Tree
    2. No roses, but there are poppies and 2-block-high rosebushes.
    3. Ferns, 2-block-high tall ferns, and 2-block-high tall grass
    3. Stained Glass and Stained Glass Panes
    4. New materials such as Packed Ice and red sand
    5. New biomes such as grassland with little pools of water, and lots of small islands in the ocean
    6. And much more!
    A friend of mine has played a version of MC where there are new, modern foods like hamburgers; new mobs like cats, lions, alligators, elephants, and even werewolves; as well as villagers (or characters at least) who will do what you tell them to, such as helping you build. You can also build modern things like malls and restaurants. However, my MC update does not have these things. Do you know whether that version is a separate download, or whether it will automatically update to my laptop?

  44. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 26, 2013 - 6:13 am

    Hi again Angalyssa. Over a week ago, you said that we should play MC together. I agree–I’d really like to play Minecraft with you. But, 1) we don’t know each other’s profile names, and 2) I think (I’m not sure, correct me if I’m wrong) that to play multiplayer MC with someone, you both have to be within range of the same wifi signal. (Again, I’m not sure about this, being a beginner and all. I’ve never actually played multiplayer MC with anyone except on pocket edition, and it may be different for PC edition.) It’s a shame; I’d really like to show you my worlds

  45. harissalanwqfhwewef -  October 26, 2013 - 1:12 am

    it aint autumn, its spring!

  46. Angalyssa -  October 25, 2013 - 9:40 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    How Do You Suggest We Talk Back n Forth Instead Of Waiting A Few Days Fore A Reply? :) Im Fine With Giving You My Info. But You Might Not. I Dunno. But I Can Give You Myne, And When You GImmie You’res When You Contact Me Through Mine. Make Sense?….

  47. Angalyssa -  October 25, 2013 - 9:28 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I Didn’t Understand The Comment About The People Saying Things LIke If You Wanna Have An Intelligent Conversation Then Email Me, And The Comment About THe History Paper. What’s All That Supposed To Mean??? … Um. Well. Than. Thing Is, I Have Stuff Like Facebook & Other Social Networking Sites LIke Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. And I Always Put My Personal Info. Out Cause I Ain’t Scared. Im More THan Happy When People Hit Me Up You Feel Me? :) So Yeah. So If Anyone Reading This Wanted To Hmu, Ku :) !

  48. Angalyssa -  October 25, 2013 - 9:22 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    We Ku. I Say ‘Luv’ To Everyone. Boy & Girl. The Reason I Didn’t Answer For Awhile Was Cause I Was Busy. I Don’t Really Reply n The Weekends Very Much. I’m Busy All The Time. Yeahh, I Know I Shouldn’t Be Giving My Email Adress On The Internet Cause’ Ppl Might Stalk Me Or Something, But That’s Something I Never Learnt As A Kid. I’m A Gal :) Duhh. Lol. No Offense. Got It. Well. Sorry If I Worry You. But, That Dream..
    Yeah .. Um. Im Not 12. I Don’t Have Blonde Hair… Lol :) Good ImaginatioN Though !

  49. frank -  October 25, 2013 - 2:53 am

    Could it be because autumn is the rainy season? That’s when the rain ‘falls’. In most countries this is when they get most of the rain. The harvest is done ‘before’ the rains, otherwise it’s ruined!! Mes more sense I think

  50. Ananya -  October 24, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    This was the best information I could have ever known

  51. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 24, 2013 - 1:09 am

    Angalyssa, I’m getting worried. Please reply!

  52. Vampyr -  October 23, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    Geobie, you said,”A) The article says autumn is astronomically the time between the solstices. Actually it’s the time between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.” Unless the article has been amended, since you posted, the article clearly upholds your second statement.

  53. Vampyr -  October 23, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Crazy, we, in England do use Autumn. I’m not keen on “Fall” to describe the season.
    Archon, I agree, with regard to Daylight Saving etc. How and where is the aforementioned daylight saved? We have British Summer Time and Greenwich Mean Time.
    Orion, the Queen of England is Her Majesty, not Her Royal Highness.
    I loathe the term “British English.” There is no specific British English. There is English and its variants. Scots (not to be confused with Scots Gaelic), a dialect of English, is British English but no more English than is American English, for it is not the language of England, or its people.

  54. Frstst -  October 23, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    -Crablice, I agree. The italians had it right when they did not capitalize any period of time-l’autunno, aprile, sabato.

  55. Frstst -  October 23, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    It is interesting to see so much bias. Close to all of you seem to favor a more romanticized perspective, but I’d add in that they both have a wide range of tonal results, given a rich context to house they and give them connotation (personally I don’t see what there is not to love, for either of them).

  56. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 23, 2013 - 3:37 am

    Yes, it does sound like macaroni.

  57. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 23, 2013 - 3:36 am

    @Farty McCrablice:
    You’re not supposed to capitalize the names of seasons anyway.
    @Angel E:
    Are you speaking English? Help, I need a translator!
    The autumnal equinox is only one day. And, it’s so named because it is in autumn, not the other way around.
    Where are you?!?! Please post! I haven’t heard from you in a week! :-(

  58. Angel E -  October 22, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    Occasionally these saurian nugatory,ironic,sardonic,virulent,contemptuous,sad,despairing and bitter manifestations of consciousness(idiopathic) incite ebullitions and hagridden,plangent,fescennine and yet foudroyant quiddities to articulate
    propinguity for probity despite larrikinical comprehensions accepted as tenebrious.

  59. Farty McCrablice -  October 22, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    I’m an American and it’s correct usage is ‘Autumn’ when I refer to the season in English. I always wondered why Autumn had a different name to some.

    With ‘Spring’ and ‘Fall’, they both sound fake and it feels incorrect to even capitalize either since they are so plain.

    Autumn is the best season.

  60. MEmow33 -  October 22, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    oops I can dance the Macarena
    doesn’t that sound like macaroni

  61. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 22, 2013 - 6:34 am

    What have you built in MC?

  62. ThePutz -  October 22, 2013 - 1:40 am

    Autumn, fall. Pfftt.

    Winter is coming.

  63. s.ramamurthy -  October 21, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Thanks. very useful and interesting information

  64. ana -  October 21, 2013 - 1:05 pm


  65. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 21, 2013 - 6:59 am

    Please don’t be offended. I don’t want to sound mean or anything.

  66. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 21, 2013 - 3:52 am

    I get on the Hot Word several times a day. I didn’t reply to any of your comments for a long time because I wasn’t feeling well. Otherwise I’d have put a stop to your silly talk much sooner! But anyway, I’ll see your comments the day you post them, or maybe the day after. So don’t worry about having no replies for a long time. You’ll get them quickly! :-)
    I’d better get my homework done. Talk to ya later! :-P

  67. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 21, 2013 - 3:45 am

    @Angalyssa (or anyone for that matter):
    People are saying things like “If you want to have an intelligent discussion about this, feel free to email me” and “I need your help with a history paper. Could you email me about it?” I know we all put our email addresses with our screen names (I made up my email address. There’s no such address really) but how is anyone else supposed to see them? And anyway, why does Dictionary.com need them? Isn’t your email address one of the things you’re never supposed to give away on the Internet? (That’s why I made mine up.)

  68. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 21, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Last night, I dreamed I met you. I think we were at church. You had long, straight, blond hair and you were eleven or twelve. We introduced ourselves and you said, “But I go by Angalyssa.” I thought, Hey! This might be the same person I’ve been having a conversation with on Dictionary.com. So I said, “Have you ever heard of a website called Dictionary.com?” And you said, “Yeah, I comment on all their articles.” I asked, “And, are you having a conversation with someone called ‘wolf tamer and tree puncher’?” You replied, “Yes. How did you know?” I said, “Because _I’m_ wolf tamer and tree puncher!” I really did dream this. And I was thinking, maybe we should have a time to both be on this website and we can “talk” to each other through the comments. I don’t like waiting for days for replies. Quick question before I go: Are you a girl or a boy?

  69. Wabbajack -  October 21, 2013 - 2:36 am

    I find this fautumn debate interesting. I like the opinions. I suppose I say “autumn” because I grew up saying it, while “fall” sounds somewhat American to me and I can only hear it in funny American accents…

    But I love the sound that “au” makes (in this case, “OR-tuhm”), which is probably why I like August out of all the months as well. However, in the country I live in (Pakistan), there is practically no autumn. It goes from the green, humid monsoon to a somewhat parched yellow again, then straight into brown where it gradually progresses into a cold, dead grey. Winter, huzzah…

  70. Angel E -  October 20, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    The above exergisis are meritorious and promulgate the various congeries and are agglutinated to the credo of time which as we all know conceptually only exist earthwise.Maybe in antediluvian perception our ancient ancestors devised a specific recognized weather condition that prompted them to shower(clean) themselves.

  71. A Female. -  October 20, 2013 - 9:42 am

    I think it was a cool information that we should know, although I didn’t understand much about the Autumn.
    I knew that the word “Autumn” is a Latin orgin.
    Thank You & Take Care :)

  72. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 20, 2013 - 6:55 am

    Whoa hold on, don’t get all groupie on me or anything! Listen carefully.
    I. AM. A. GIRL. And I am in 7th grade. PLEASE don’t be like this, it’s weird! (BTW, I’m assuming you’re a girl here, because really, what boy would call himself “Angalyssa”?) And anyway, you can only play multiplayer MC with someone when you know their profile name, which I am NOT giving away on the Internet. About the 4 a.m. thing, I live in a different time zone than you. And quit calling me “Luv”! If you keep on like this, I will stop replying to your comments. I mean that.

  73. GunterTheEvilPenguin -  October 17, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    I think autumn sounds fancy! Also, i think fall makes sense because what do the leaves do? They fall! But I’m going to start saying autumn :D

  74. swag -  October 17, 2013 - 1:14 pm


  75. autumn -  October 16, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    My name is autumn i love my name

  76. BrittanyManion -  October 16, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Autumn = Autumnal Equinox
    It’s is called Autumn because it represents the start of the Autumnal Equinox :D

  77. Angalyssa -  October 16, 2013 - 10:27 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I Think We Should Definately Play MC Together (: I’m A Lot Of Fun ^.^ Luv.

  78. Angalyssa -  October 16, 2013 - 10:26 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Im A Lot Of Fun :) I THink We Should Defianately Play MC Together <3 & Autumn Is Cuter. Just Saying Luv. ^.^

  79. Angalyssa -  October 16, 2013 - 10:24 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    *sigh* Whatever You Know You Love It :) Oh & A Name Tag Is Used To Name Exsisting Mobs. It Is Used By Naming The Name Tag Using An Anvil And Then Rite Clicking Any Mob That You Want To Name Holding The Name Tag In You’re Hand. Name Tags With Exactly The Same Name Will Stack ( As Well As Un-named Tags.) Only Found In Dungeons But Can Soon Be Found Through Fishing IN 1.7. No Crafting Recipe Aside From Creative Mode They Can Be Found In Generated Chests. ( Dungeons). :)

  80. Angalyssa -  October 16, 2013 - 9:39 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Oh Well, Tell Me. What You Doin’ Up @ 4:00 in the morning huh? :)

  81. Angalyssa -  October 16, 2013 - 9:37 am

    *Rolling eyes* You Know You’ve Had Alot Of Fun Just Talking To Me Homiee :) You Know It’s Cute Right? ;) *Sigh* )

  82. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 15, 2013 - 4:19 am

    So what do you do with the name tags? Quit keeping me in suspense, it’s driving me crazy not knowing! :-P I use fall more often than autumn, being American; I don’t think it’s really a question of which sounds “cuter,” it’s more which one you are used to saying and which one sounds prettier. Fall sounds homey, but autumn sounds fancy and pretty. I’d have to say fall is “cuter” though.
    @Akua Sackey:
    Who would want to think about that anyway? *rolling eyes*

  83. lee -  October 14, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    there was a slideshow on thesaurus homepage last September on some words of autumn I really like but I forgot to write them down! =( anyone remember what are those? thanks!

  84. Francella -  October 14, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    As Archon stated, the phrase is Daylight saving time. Please correct your post, dictionary.com.

  85. Angalyssa -  October 14, 2013 - 9:45 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I Know What To Do With The Name Tags :)

  86. Angalyssa -  October 11, 2013 - 9:21 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher

    IVI :)

  87. Angalyssa -  October 11, 2013 - 9:19 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Yeahh That’s Juss How I Spell. Sorry I Nvr Learnt English ;) I’ll Work On It OKAY ^.^)/ Do You Like Fall Or Autumn Better? Which Sounds Cuter?

  88. lambert -  October 11, 2013 - 3:35 am

    Very nice info.

  89. Autumn is_my_name -  October 10, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    My middle name is Autumn so i like autumn better ( don’t mean tobe bias .) I was born in the fall so i still like it .

  90. DJKaroke -  October 10, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    i like Autumn better than fall beacuse , fall makes you feel bad but Autumn makes you feel happy .( i was born in winter)

  91. timothy -  October 10, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Oh My God!! is that true??????

  92. Sidra -  October 9, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    I’m American, I switch between autumn and fall. I love how autumn is spelled and sounds, so I will use it. But I do use the ‘spring ahead, fall back’ mnemonic (another word I love!). I use “fall” with my child, but I also remind her “some people will use autumn – it’s the same season.”

  93. Akua Sackey -  October 8, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    i think this is very obvious since autumn has the same prefix as autism, and autism reminds me of a “fall” in the order of the brain, so that’s a nice way to think about it.

  94. dictionarydumbo -  October 8, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    but i luv fall (or autumn, whatever)

  95. dictionarydumbo -  October 8, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    I still don’t quite get it. It does not make sense.

  96. maria de la rosa -  October 8, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    i lub it c:

  97. Lily H -  October 8, 2013 - 11:57 am

    What an interesting article! Great read!!

  98. mystery -  October 8, 2013 - 10:53 am

    i used to have a friend named autumn

  99. sara amin -  October 8, 2013 - 6:59 am

    really nice

  100. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 8, 2013 - 2:01 am

    Has anyone wondered whether the Romans made up the word “autumnus” (fall, autumn)? Why should they have “borrowed” it from another language?
    @Socrates: It would be “autumnus, a, um,” since “autumna” would be the feminine form, not “autumni.”
    @Angalyssa: I’m seeing things like “Anywayzz” and “You’ree.” Anyone who would name their child “wolf tamer and tree puncher” is absolutely insane. Of course that’s not my real name. LOL :-) And no, I don’t do Facebook. BTW, have you found out what to do with name tags yet?

  101. Johnny Willetts -  October 8, 2013 - 1:13 am

    Fall as a description of the season is somewhat limiting, both in the literary and the evocative sense, referring largely to the brief period when a scene of variegated on-tree loveliness becomes something for an on-ground wind to blow about.
    Autumn on the other hand and particularly the adjectival form Autumnal, conjures up the feelings associated with the time of year in the temperate zones, i.e. deciduous trees losing their leaves, and casting longer shadows earlier in the day, while that crisp feeling in the air a harbinger of the colder months to come sets to work restoring your get-up-and-go,
    American lyricist Johnny Mercer translated the words of the famous song Autumn Leaves from French to English in 1947. Being an astute word- smith, he would have known it was unlikely to become famous if he called it Fall leaves. “Autumn” is poetic, romantic and can be magic. I rest my case.

  102. ZTbhe -  October 7, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    dudes I read R.J. Palacio’s book “Wonder” and there was a part where the main character, August (Auggie), meets a girl named Summer and they almost start a table for people with summer names. So dictionary.com, you’re saying August is technically fall?

  103. Gene Fellner -  October 7, 2013 - 7:16 am

    It’s clear that the word “autumn” is of Latin origin. There’s no controversy about that. The problem is that we have no idea where the Romans got it. Unlike thousands of Latin words, “autumn” (or “auctumn”) cannot be traced to the Proto-Indo-European language. It has no cognates in the other early Indo-European languages such as Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, Proto-Germanic or Old Church Slavonic. It’s been suggested that it MIGHT have been borrowed from the Etruscans, but this is obviously just an educated guess. After all, it had to come from somewhere, the Etruscans were the Romans’ neighbors, and their language is almost completely lost so we have no way of verifying this hypothesis. It remains one of the tantalizing little mysteries of academia, awaiting the invention of time-travel technology. ^_^

  104. James A -  October 7, 2013 - 3:31 am

    I’ve always liked to be a little different and call fall/autumn: an Indian Summer. Although that means a particularly warm autumn day. But still, especially in the beginning/mid part of fall before it gets too cold to not get away with, I like to say it’s an indian summer. I always think of Native Americans, pumpkin pie, the woods and the leaves, the crisp air.

    Definitely my favorite season, not too hot and not too cold and not rainy and all ‘greenish’ like spring. Best time for fashion, football, movies and Oscar bait films. And turkey and pumpkin pie are my favorite foods!

  105. Cindy -  October 4, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    If Autumn doesn’t come from anywhere then could it be a slang word that was past down, but the proper is Fall but everyone now forgot it?

    Oh wells it doesn’t matter. Fall is my favorite season of the year!!!!

  106. Karen -  October 4, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    As an American I use Fall and Autumn interchangeably. I always thought that autumn came from the French probably at the time of William the conquerer.

  107. Angalyssa -  October 4, 2013 - 9:42 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Faceook?(: Got It?

  108. Angalyssa -  October 4, 2013 - 9:27 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Yeah My Keyboard Works(: Lol… What Kind Of Letters Are You Seeing Anywayzz? No Offense? Got It. ;) Yeah I’d Like To Know :) Please. If That’s Not You’ree Real One Then What Is??

  109. Leah -  October 4, 2013 - 1:45 am

    You have omitted to say that autumn is opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. It is spring now when it is your autumn. (We do say autumn in New Zealand.)

  110. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 3, 2013 - 9:49 pm

    @Tom Cooper: It was nothing to do with “washing the old Latin word out of the vocabulary.” They probably saw all the FALLING leaves, felt the temperature FALLING, and FELL in love with the season, so they decided to call it “fall.” That takes less time to say and less space on paper.

    Forget everything I said about smileys. Use whatever smileys you want. New Idea: If you play Minecraft, put this on the end of your post:


  111. Horseshoe Crab -  October 3, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Autumn Out Boy! Get it, because of Fall Out Boy? No? Ok…

  112. dead beat -  October 3, 2013 - 10:00 am

    there is only one name for this time of year, I can’t remember what it was.

  113. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 3, 2013 - 7:02 am

    Because if you say :-D and don’t play MineCraft, I’m confused. BTW, does your computer keyboard not work? Because I keep seeing extra letters at the end of words…no offense!
    I’m a beginner at Minecraft too. Do you know how to tame animals, cause if you don’t, I can tell you (hence my name [obviously not my real one]).
    You could use :-) instead of :-D, too.

  114. Tom Cooper -  October 3, 2013 - 4:35 am

    Odd that you did not also note that three of the seasons’ names are basically Old English words by way of Old German, while only autumn is from Latin. I’ve always felt there was something of an urge in early American settlers to wash that old Latin word out of the vocabulary.

  115. AAAA -  October 2, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    loved to know the story behind fall/autumn

  116. Angalyssa -  October 2, 2013 - 9:36 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I Have A Question .. Why Do You Want People To Stop Using :) And Use ;) ?? (: Just Curious. You Know I’m Curious About A Lot Of Things.. Cause’e Thats Juss’ How I Am(: Guys Find It Attractive So (;

  117. Angalyssa -  October 2, 2013 - 9:18 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Me Too(: England Sounds Very Nice. So Does The Uk. && Um. Lemme Ask My Brother Causee I Was Kindaa Wondering The Same Thing.. Imma Beginner But Ill Figure It Out For You(:
    *&& Fall Is Awesome. Haha You’ree Funny Forrealz(!
    Call Me? (;

  118. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 2, 2013 - 4:59 am

    I like Europe too. I’ve always wanted to go to England. By the way, do you know what to do with name tags (in MC)?

    “Fall” makes me think of football – just get rid of the “ootb” and you’ve go fall. I also think of leaves and Thanksgiving. Being American, I’ve always heard “fall,” so it sounds kind of homey.

  119. Angalyssa -  October 1, 2013 - 9:36 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    Lol(: I Play Minecraft Cause I Got 4 Brothers(: Europe is Awesome. Love It There. Very Interesting (;

  120. Dong Dezuo -  October 1, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Interesting Explaination. I have never found the relationship beteween spring and fall!

  121. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 1, 2013 - 4:16 am

    Of course we still call fall autumn, although more in Europe than in America. Did you not read the 118 other comments?
    BTW, only post :-D if you play Minecraft, please. If you don’t play Minecraft, (1) you’re totally missing out and (2) use ;) instead. Thanks everyone!

  122. Angalyssa -  September 30, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Haha(: Fall Is The Bestest! ^.^

  123. joedonb -  September 30, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Have a nice trip. See you next autumn!

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  125. Autumn -  September 27, 2013 - 4:12 am

    HOLA I’m autumn actually I’m famous omg so cool every one knows me

  126. en jay -  September 26, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    ” i like autumn better… fall conotates- negativity-synonyms w down.
    autumn- sounds like oh tom! express feelings………
    on the other thought FALL is a good thing … means love.
    w/c is the greatest LOVE of FALL…..

  127. AL -  September 26, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    the temperature is FALLING on autumn season,colorful leaves;natures delightful treat…silence is my companion!

  128. LilyZ. -  September 26, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Fall is awesome.i love all the colors in fall.i use to make a leaf collection in fall. I’m still a little kid :-)

  129. Lily -  September 26, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Do we still call fall autumn?

  130. Angalyssa -  September 25, 2013 - 9:34 am

    This Is Ku(: Nice To No. ^.* Anyone Who Comments Has Probly Read This (*: !

  131. Angalyssa -  September 25, 2013 - 9:31 am

    This Is Ku(: ^.- Anyonee Who Comments Probly Read This (: !! ^.^ Comment & Likee!

  132. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  September 25, 2013 - 6:33 am

    People who don’t use good grammar and spelling shouldn’t post on a dictionary website.
    To me, “autumn” sounds like colorful leaves, pumpkins, and fresh air. “Fall” sounds like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the smells of spices, candles, and cookies. So, use “autumn” to refer to the outdoor part of the season, and “fall” to refer to the holiday and indoor parts of the season.
    By the way, if you play Minecraft, post this at the end of your message:

  133. Wally -  September 24, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    It’s Etruscan by way of Latin, you can look up the etymology anywhere online. Autumnus = auctus+annus

  134. K Beachy -  September 24, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    There is a Latin word autumnus or auctumnus according to wordsense. They say that is where the word autumn comes from. Makes good sense to me. Why do you say the etymologists don’t know where the word comes from? Here’s the link to wordsense’s entry. http://www.wordsense.eu/autumnus/

  135. David -  September 24, 2013 - 5:25 am

    Perhaps autumn is a contraction and evolution of ‘haust time’.

  136. David -  September 23, 2013 - 6:04 am

    Perhaps Autumn is a contraction/bastardization of haust time.

  137. Brian Davids -  September 22, 2013 - 2:07 am

    Using Fall is wrong, an it’s no wonder that people have difficulties with English when words are used wrongly all the time. Fall means to fall down.

    English would be a lovely language if people hadn’t put so much garbage like this into it.

  138. Lightningbarer -  September 9, 2013 - 4:02 am

    I’ve lived in the UK all my life and I’ve never heard a Brit call it Fall, if he/she did, Im guessing theyd be ridiculed for it.

  139. ahumai -  May 15, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    well i dont actually know why but autumn sounds cool
    but the other one (fall) must mean the leaves are falling at this time of the year thats my comment

  140. Chioma -  December 9, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Autumn sounds nicer definitely, but Fall is more PRACTICAL!

  141. L Nolan -  November 13, 2012 - 5:27 am

    I would hazard the divergence came from the Colonial use of peasant English and the Motherlands use of a more sophisticated development of our language. In other words a sense of rough crudeness was implied by the use of words such as ‘gotten’ ‘Fall’ ‘cookies’ & ect; Leading to an idea one was more educated than the other. ‘Hics vs Slicks’ to use a colonial phrase.
    ’twas ever thus.

  142. me,a beautiful girl -  October 1, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Me and my sister(Oops, My sister and I) think that “autumn” sounds better and makes more sense,BUT…….we never say it. We just say “fall”. HOWEVER we will take it into consideration to make it part of our vocabulary (seriously, who talks like this, cuz’ I definitely don’t,did I spell “definitely” wrong, cuz’ I really could not care less.)

    P.S. Don’t you just LOVE my name? ;-)

  143. Alien -  October 1, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    I like Fall, for it’s easier to say, but I sometimes I prefer Autumn because it sounds better.

    åßïxê, my ãlïen name

  144. Wyatt -  October 1, 2012 - 10:04 am

    The word “Fall” fits our American English more comfortably when used in conjunction with the other seasons. It signifies an event: The Winter, The Spring, The Summer, The Fall. The article, the, accentuates the event and you are easily able to conjure pictures of what it means to you. “The Autumn” is a little cumbersome but, autumn by itself is more melodic than fall by itself. Too bad the origin is unknown. Princess Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn-nope! Fall is more melodic here! Autumn when standing alone, sounds nicer. Autumn, for a female name, is much nicer than Fall. I like to say Fall and think Autumn!

  145. Arthur the Gonad -  September 27, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Fall is such a boring word. Anyway, in America they call it “The Faaawl”. Whatever that is!

  146. dave -  September 22, 2012 - 6:30 am

    the header is just beautiful

  147. Jack London -  September 21, 2012 - 5:06 pm


  148. mary -  September 21, 2012 - 10:52 am

    I love the word autumn, but my tongue is so lazy (being from Georgia and all) that I usually just say Fall. This was very interesting!

  149. Saturn -  March 4, 2012 - 8:38 am


    >>Fall – noun It happens in the fall.
    Fall – verb The leaves fall in autumn.
    Fall – adjective Enjoy the fall colors.<<

    Fall cannot be an adjective. In your example, it is still a noun. It could be rewritten as 'Enjoy the colours of the fall'.

    Only 'fallen' can be used as an adjective i.e. 'the fallen leaves'.

  150. m.kiani -  November 12, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    nice info friends. no matter what we call it, time flies. let’s have a name for each moment of our life.

  151. loretta -  November 6, 2011 - 9:51 am

    it’s not daylight “savings” time. it’s daylight “saving” time.

  152. Malik -  October 20, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I read that. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  153. Happy Fall! -  October 14, 2011 - 9:26 am

    The next person to comment is probably reading this.

  154. Cheesypriestess -  October 13, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Oh, stop fighting over which is better! Each person thinks of words differently. Personally, I like Autumn better, since I am an Autumn girl, so I’m really glad that we have (Fall just isn’t the same) but that doesn’t mean it’s my duty to search for and chew out everyone with a different opinion!

    Daylight Savings is silly; when my mom told me about it I remember thinking that whoever made it up was just being lazy. Rather than getting up earlier, they decided to switch the clocks instead? It’s less work to just wake up earlier, sheesh. But I don’t mind it, either.

  155. Daniel -  October 6, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Americans use both Autumn and Fall, but Fall is probably more common. I imagine the vast majority of Americans are quite familiar with both though I’ve never traveled/travelled out west to far. I reckon Tennessee uses Fall about 70% of the time but in Virginia it seems more like 90% of the time. Of course this is not from from giant survey I’ve done just a rough guess based on personal experience.
    Personally I think there’s plenty of room for both words in out language, why not? I like both words in their own way and both sides have really good points. Fall is “more English” as it can be traced back to Old English, and I like the rustic quality it has (as I’m just a hillbilly ;) ) but autumn does sound more romantic to me. Welp, that’s just my 2 red cents. Happy Fautumn everyone!

  156. Peter -  October 4, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    I know “fall” is American English and “Autumn” is British English. But what I’d like to know is, does everyone in America say “fall”, or are there areas where “Autumn” is used? Thanks.

  157. Peter -  October 4, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    I’ve checked some online dictionaries on the etymology of “autumn”. Several of them derive it from Latin, and connect it with the word “avarice”. I can see how this would be the case. If you’re avaricious, you want to get lots of things, and when you’re gathering your harvest that’s exactly what you’re doing. Except that when you’re gathering your harvest, you’re gathering what’s yours, rather than what’s not which an avaricious person would do.

  158. Girl In Your Closet -  October 3, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    I think autumn sounds more formal. :)

  159. Ric Sili -  September 28, 2011 - 7:49 am

    You probably mean etymologists have not determined the precise origin of the Latin word AUTUMNUS, right?

  160. Socrates -  September 26, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    “Surprisingly, we don’t really know where the word “autumn” comes from.”
    Hard to believe “The Hot Word” wouldn’t know of the latin root “autumnus, i, m” = autumn, fall.

  161. john rhea -  September 25, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Autumn leaves fall down on the ground, when I look at them they look like a crown. I love all the colors red, yellow, orange and brown. Everyone sweeps vagina away from their door, but it’s no us here come some more.. (Sorry, I have tourettes)..

  162. Amy Lamborn -  September 23, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Enjoyed the article, but would like to point out, we DO know the origins of this word: it is from the Latin autumnus.

  163. Archon -  September 23, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    @ Dom

    Fall – noun It happens in the fall.
    Fall – verb The leaves fall in autumn.
    Fall – adjective Enjoy the fall colors.

    No-nonsense, no-change word. Fall as an adjective is not as flowingly pretty as autumnal, but it exists.

  164. sean -  September 23, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Going back to my ‘eighth’ hypothesis, eighth in French is ‘huitieme’ – ‘Autumn’, is that too much a stretch? And it doesn’t fit with Latin ‘octavus’. Then you mentioned, José, that autumn was the last part of summer, and it made me think of the French for August – ‘Aout’; how about ‘Aoutumn’? I know, clutching at straws, particularlly since August isn’t the last part of summer.

  165. sean -  September 23, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    Well, yes, we know that autumn comes directly from French and indirectly from Latin – question is what does the word or what do the components of the word actually mean? Apparently we don’t know, which is a bit unusual for a Latin-based word.

  166. Ole TBoy -  September 23, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    The English have a saying used to predict how wet and rainy a spring might be. It has to do with which trees put out foliage first. It goes:

    “Ash before oak,
    We’ll get a soak.
    Oak before ash,
    Just a splash.

  167. José -  September 23, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Autumn comes from the Latin ‘autumnus’. It used to be the last
    part of Summer untl it was made into a separate season to
    coincide wirh the harvest.
    In Roman times there were only two seasons:
    Summer (Spring, Summer and Fall) and Winter

  168. Bob -  September 23, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    go shakespere no one ever uses that word anymore

  169. Cheyenne -  September 23, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    well, autumn in french is “automne’,,, i always figured we got it from them. huh.

  170. pimorton -  September 23, 2011 - 11:57 am

    I frequently use the word “autumn,” though I generally use “fall.” I especially like referring to the autumnal equinox and the vernal equinox, because they sound more learned than fall- and spring-. I, too, enjoy the autumn (fall) most of all the seasons. It puts me in a baking mood.

  171. important_twaddle! -  September 23, 2011 - 10:55 am

    be glad that you experience FALL, same as FALLing INLOVE lol XD

  172. sean -  September 23, 2011 - 10:41 am

    I like ‘autumn’ and I like ‘the fall’. I’m English and when I was in America hearing ‘the fall’ or ‘fall’ really gave me a sense of being in a different place, and as Jennie says, it quickly loses any other connotations when you hear it routinely. And talking of romantic, I can’t imagine anything more autumnally romantic than the beauty of autumn in New England – colours that you simply don’t get in England. A rose by any other name…..

  173. sean -  September 23, 2011 - 10:19 am

    I wonder if ‘autumn’ is related to the word ‘eighth’. In Spanish autumn is otoño and eighth is octavo, similar to octave and octopus in its relation to the number eight. In the old calendar October was the eighth month as is refelected in the word, and, along with September is considered to be the month when autumn begins. Spanish has often shed a consonant when there are two together, making it easy to imagine that otoño was originally octoño, which could have been related to octavo. Just a hypothesis. Though, I suppose by the same logic you could argue that hypothesis originally meant ‘horse’s idea’ – ‘hipótesis’ in Spanish.

  174. Builder -  September 23, 2011 - 10:15 am

    from http://www.etymologyonline.com:

    late 14c., autumpne (modern form from 16c.), from O.Fr. autumpne, automne (13c.), from L. autumnus (also auctumnus, perhaps influenced by auctus “increase”), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Etruscan, but Tucker suggests a meaning “drying-up season” and a root in *auq- (which would suggest the form in -c- was the original) and compares archaic English sere-month “August.” Harvest was the English name for the season until autumn began to displace it 16c. In Britain, the season is popularly August through October; in U.S., September through November. Cf. It. autunno, Sp. otoño, Port. outono, all from the Latin word. Unlike the other three seasons, its names across the IE languages leave no evidence that there ever was a common word for it. Many “autumn” words mean “end, end of summer,” or “harvest.” Cf. also Lith. ruduo “autumn,” from rudas “reddish,” in reference to leaves; O.Ir. fogamar, lit. “under-winter.”

  175. sean -  September 23, 2011 - 9:59 am

    In my alternative history/universe ‘fall of the leaf’ became ‘falleaf’ in England and, eventually Websterized, ‘faleaf’ in America. In England it was pronounced ‘FA-luf’ and in America ‘FAWL-eef’.

  176. KD -  September 23, 2011 - 8:55 am

    As far as daylight saving goes, I think the old Indian said it best when he remarked that only the government would cut off the bottom of a blanket and sew it to the top of the same blanket thinking it will make a bigger blanket.

  177. Yimmy -  September 23, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I thought it was Spring back (from a snake)
    and Fall forward (when drunk)
    or does that confuses matters.

  178. Jem -  September 23, 2011 - 8:04 am

    Do Americans ever use the word ‘Autumn’? Brits never use the word ‘fall’.

  179. L.E. -  September 23, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Fall is by far the Best season! :D

    As far as the autumn/fall debate goes however I think that while autumn is more romantic and whimsical, fall is what we here in America have all grown up with. when your parents and grandparents, friends and family say fall, it becomes more homey and less about what sounds more refined but about what makes you feel happier and warmer inside.

  180. Ty -  September 23, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I like to use both “Fall” and “Autumn” but whenever I say “Autumn” people act like they never even heard it before.

  181. Grace -  September 23, 2011 - 7:15 am

    I honestly think that fall isn’t an ugly name, but still, autumn is prettier.
    When I think fall, though, I think of beautiful colorful trees, and the same thing comes to mind with autumn.

  182. Orion -  September 23, 2011 - 6:48 am

    I always teach my students Autumn rather than Fall, simply because it’s a part of the more universal system of English. The same goes for Petrol rather than Gas. Or nappies rather than diapers.

    I’m not against American-English, it’s a valid facet of the language. Each to their own.

    But when I ask my students if they want British English or American English, they’re usually quite quick to swear fealty to HRH the queen.

  183. Scott -  September 23, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Just to be clear, the word “harvest” in English is NOT derived from an Old Norse word as you claim. It came directly into Old English via Proto-Germanic (via Indo-European). It’s etymology is quite clear, and it is not a borrowing (though Old Norse, as well as the modern Germanic languages all have cognates): IE *kerp- > PG *χarbistaz (later *harbistaz)/*χarbustan > OE hærfest > harvest. Old Norse “haust(r)” is simply another cognate, like Old Saxon “hervist”, OHG “herbist” (modern “Herbst”), Dutch “herfst”.

  184. Leode80 -  September 23, 2011 - 6:24 am

    I am British and almost exclusively use Autumn. However, I much prefer the American usage Fall. I think it is in fact more romantic and evocative. And another thing, I prefer it because it is an Anglo-Saxon word not a meaningless borrowing from French (where Autumn is believed to originate) – we have far too many French words in Modern English, more than the Old English wordstock! So, I wholeheartily back the American usage – Fall all the way!

  185. Shahbaz -  September 23, 2011 - 6:21 am

    How can you say the origin of autumn is not known?

    In Latin, it’s autumnus (I think). In French it’s automne, in Spanish it’s otoño and and in Italian it’s autunno. It’s clearly taken from Latin family of languages.

  186. James -  September 23, 2011 - 5:59 am

    Fall back? End daylight savings, please. It doesn’t save anything. The day is what it is, the daylight period shortens equally at the start and end in the winter and noon should be when the sun is directly over head not an hour sooner or later. It costs billions of man hours to change all the electronic clocks we have. This would be my first act in Congress if elected.

  187. Jenny -  September 23, 2011 - 4:02 am

    Actually, the Latin word for fall is Autumnus, Autumni, I think. I took Latin for a few years in high school, and that’s one of the only words I remember.

  188. James Hutchings -  September 23, 2011 - 3:53 am

    I always assumed that ‘fall’ was an American invention, and ‘autumn’ was the older word. But this seems to be saying that Americans kept saying ‘fall’ while Britain changed to ‘autumn’.

  189. Lawrence McNeela -  September 23, 2011 - 2:36 am

    As an Englishman, I never heard the word FALL for the third season until American telly introduced it to me. I have to say I like it, because it conjures up idyllic images of a New England autumn full of colourful leaves that I’ve never actually seen except in my imagination!

    As for the word autumn, I prefer it because of its mellow sound. It sounds exactly like autumn should be: quiet, peaceful, fading light, ripening fruit and leaves turning a thousand shades of gold, red and brown.

    Of course, where I live in Cornwall, right on the Atlantic coast, autumn is very rarely quiet. We have some terrific storms blasting out the farthest toe of my island with gale force winds that shake the very trees around us.

  190. Daniel Yustos -  September 23, 2011 - 2:00 am

    Autumn comes from Latin autumnus (also auctumnus), auctus and annus (increase and year) with roots from Etruscan and Greek.

  191. Dom -  September 23, 2011 - 1:50 am

    As a Brit, I use Autumn exclusively. I like the practicality of ‘Fall’ but does it have an derivitive adjective as does Autumn? Autumnal is a beautiful word and evocative of orange, red and golden leaves.

  192. Latin4ever -  September 23, 2011 - 1:42 am

    The word Autumn probably comes from the Latin word autumnu(m).
    In Italian it’s called Autunno, very similar.
    Just like most of our English words used today, they have latin roots.

  193. Haris -  September 23, 2011 - 1:26 am

    Thank you for the information. I always wondered why do they call fall and autumn and now I know the reason, all the thanks goes to you.

    P/S: Autumn sounds better than Fall.

  194. tomsboat -  September 23, 2011 - 12:43 am

    I’m Chinese, as I remember it was autumn that we learned in Junior high school, so it is British English which is taught and learnt in China, but actually I like American English more because of the accent.

  195. i scream 4 icecream -  September 23, 2011 - 12:32 am

    i say Autumn coz i live in Australia and i like saying autumn coz fall does sound depressing and its too short and it sounds plain BORING! no offence americans but i love saying autumn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (fall sux)

  196. Hmm -  September 23, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Didn’t Autumn come from Latin?

  197. jmw -  September 22, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    I don’t really think fall is ‘ugly’, as many of you Europeans are saying. I think it describes the season much better and sounds better, but that’s probably just because I’m American and have come to relate the word ‘fall’ with red, yellow, and gold leaves and football (American, not Soccer).

  198. Zack -  September 22, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    This is interesting and all, but your own website disagrees with you. From the dictionary.com entry on “autumn” (under Word Origin & History):

    late 14c., from O.Fr. autumpne, from L. autumnus (also auctumnus, perhaps infl. by auctus “increase”), a word probably of Etruscan origin. But Tucker suggests a meaning “drying-up season” and a root in *auq- (which would suggest the form in -c- was the original) and compares archaic Eng. sere-month “August.”

    Harvest was the Eng. name for the season until autumn began to displace it 16c. In Britain, the season is popularly August through October; in U.S., September through November. Cf. It. autunno, Sp. otoño, Port. outono, all from the Latin word. Unlike the other three seasons, its names across the IE languages leave no evidence that there ever was a common word for it. Many “autumn words mean “end, end of summer,” or “harvest.” Cf. also Lith. ruduo “autumn,” from rudas “reddish,” in ref. to leaves; O.Ir. fogamar, lit. “under-winter.”

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  200. Pinki -  September 22, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    However, spring is my favorite season. It has a little bit of every season: the winter snow at the beginning of spring, the autumn fresh air throughout this season, and the summer flowers and sun at the end.
    I wonder if spring has another name and what the origin is? I’m pretty sure they already have an article about that, or will create one. Furthermore, why is a season called a season? Why is there something called seasoning; does that relate to seasons some way?

    @Lenny: I think the Dictionary article writers modified that, that’s why so many people are saying something about “between solstices”.

    I thank Dictionary for the “Spring forward, fall backward” quote. I am always so confused about Daylight Savings Time. Thank you very much, Dictionary.com people. [;

  201. Lefty -  September 22, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    Perfect time of year to cook some Hot Spicy Texas Chilli and some Tamales my favorite comfort food!!

  202. Pinki -  September 22, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    I like the way autumn sounds, so smooth and somewhat seeming to glide. Autumn always reminds of fresh air and beautiful fall colors.
    I like fall too. To me, just because it’s short and simple doesn’t mean it’s a pleasant word. Fall fits in the description of the season, with leaves always falling to the ground. Fall is a word full of autumn symbolism :)

  203. Lefty -  September 22, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    Awesome this is perfect weather for some nice hot hot chilli the more spicy the better!! Also my other favorite is Tamales this is the time of year to start making them!!

  204. anonymous -  September 22, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    already knew that

  205. Rio -  September 22, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    Weird! I ALWAYS say Autumn. I hate the name “Fall” for Autumn. Autumn just sounds so much more elegant, regal, and graceful. It fits the description of autumn for me.

  206. CB -  September 22, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    I thought Autumn was a French word coming to English via the Normans? What do the French call fall?

  207. Skog -  September 22, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    I prefer the word “Autumn”; it seems more mysterious and inclusive than the more literal word “Fall”. I think the season is as much about the leaves changing colour as it is about them falling to the ground.
    Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter each consist of six letters, which, in some small way, gives them a sense of unity.

  208. Dimitri -  September 22, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    In America, Autumn is a fairly popular name. Wouldn’t it be weird if we used “Autumn” more than “Fall?” Imagine those poor confused little girls…

  209. llamaface -  September 22, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    @Lenny: the article has been edited since the previous comments about equinox, solstices, etc…

  210. Omid -  September 22, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Thank you. Really really interesting and fitting the time of the year.

  211. Dolphin -  September 22, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    I’ve always wondered why autumn was called autumn…Fall,because of the meaning of the word,makes sense…But why is autumn called autumn?When will we find out,if we do?

  212. Anonymous -  September 22, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    I <3 fall/autumn

  213. Lenny -  September 22, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    @Paul (Picky Astronomer) and Geobie

    “Astronomically, the season lasts from the end of the September until December, between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.”

    What are you reading?

  214. Alex -  September 22, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    America is not one of those countries known for its romance? Are you kidding? Wow, that’s probably one of the silliest things I’ve heard….well…ever.

  215. Ellen -  September 22, 2011 - 11:09 am

    Autumn, my favourite time of year… I don’t really use the term ‘Fall’ I think Autumn sounds much more eerie and romantic…

  216. diamond -  September 22, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Really cool :D

  217. Mikhail -  September 22, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Luckily there will be no more idiotic daylight savings for us in Russia! Yeay!

  218. TheseAreTheDays -  September 22, 2011 - 9:42 am

    Well, ‘autumn’ is so much more romantic and beautiful, even the sound of the word is elegant. On the other hand, ‘fall’ is much more practical and sort of utilitarian. I can undestand why Europe would choose ‘autumn’ and America would go for ‘fall’. How about this: ‘Spring forward, autumn back.’ It just would not do the trick, would it?

  219. Paul (Picky Astronomer) -  September 22, 2011 - 9:08 am


    Autumn/Fall is between the autumnal *equinox* and the winter solstice *NOT* between the two solstices.

  220. carolina -  September 22, 2011 - 8:55 am

    interesting….it is my favorite season and i believe i like autumn better than fall..

  221. lezza -  September 22, 2011 - 8:42 am

    Oh come on Frockney. Of course it’s not romantic. America is not one of those countries known for its romance, its known for being rustic. And you gotta admit, “fall” is much more rustic.

  222. Jennie -  September 22, 2011 - 7:58 am

    That’s interesting frockney, and it makes perfect sense. It’s a completely different word to you. One’s associations with a word color our perception of the sounds of the word itself. For you the word “fall” is ugly and short, while to me it’s beautiful and elegant.

    We have so many homonyms with the same spelling in our language, we’re almost unaware of them. We have totally different associations for each word. When we hear “to bear a burden” or “bear children”, the big scary animal in the woods never comes into our minds at all (no offense to anyone out there worried about Bear Children right now.) For Americans, “fall” is like the word “bear” or “train”. When using it in context, the other words never come to mind. For the Brits, however, “fall” as a season is not a word in their dialect, so the brain may associate it with the “fall” they know.

  223. Vikhaari -  September 22, 2011 - 7:33 am

    Ahhh, Autumn!!! I love the season because of colour (and aroma of abundant fruits and vegs). And not forgetting John Keat’s “Ode to Autuman.” (For all the above reason it’s my favourite season too Jo Ann.)

    It is possible that the term Autumn is from French: autompne Old French while Modern French is automne, though the original root is autumnus, Latin according to Wikipedia.com, as understood)
    Thank you as usual bringing up a very intersting subject.

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  225. RICKEDY RICK -  September 22, 2011 - 7:03 am

    I like Fall best of all! There are three things I like about fall: the orange leaves, football and pumpkin pie! May favorite thing is coming home from work in the fall. I order my wife to turn on the dining room chandelier which gives off a cozy incandescent warm glow, and I force her to light fragrant pumpkin spice candles. That way, when I drive up to the house, I can see the warm glow, and come inside and smell the happy smell! Pumpkin pie keeps me fat, tho. My wife still thinks I’m good looking because I look like a bird. All the “hott” guys nowadays look like a bird. My wife also says I look like terminator 2, except with a gutt, of course LOL

  226. Postmaan Paat -  September 22, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Autumnal every time.

  227. Keith -  September 22, 2011 - 5:45 am

    “Astronomically, the season lasts from the end of the September until December, between the solstices”

    Only in the Northern Hemisphere as Melody pointed out.

  228. Ken -  September 22, 2011 - 5:26 am

    I like Fall because Fall reflects what’s actually going on in nature – in temperate climates – leaves falling. Autumn sound like someone trying to sound high-falutin’ (wherever that phrase came from…).

  229. Geobie -  September 22, 2011 - 4:31 am

    A) The article says autumn is astronomically the time between the solstices. Actually it’s the time between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
    B) Kentucky farm folks often use the phrases “fall of the year” and “spring of the year” but they don’t do that with summer and winter. As in: “It was in the fall of the year when that last flood came.”

  230. Hannah -  September 22, 2011 - 3:31 am

    .Autumn sounds a little nicer and fall can sound av little depressing if you think about it but I still like fall because falling of the leaves make sense.

  231. frockney -  September 22, 2011 - 1:51 am

    hm… I am European and of course, we say “autumn”. I think it is a lot more romantic. “Fall” is short and ugly. Sorry. It smacks of negativity.

    But thanks all the same for your articles, I read them every day,

  232. norman hindley -  September 22, 2011 - 1:02 am

    thank you

  233. Melody -  September 21, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    Here we call it autumn since I live in Australia.
    Besides, since I’m Australian it’s spring at the moment…

  234. Nats -  September 21, 2011 - 10:21 pm


  235. Somebody -  September 21, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Autumn, -tumn, -tumn, -tumn, -tumn!

  236. Archon -  September 21, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Daylight is non-physical and evanescent. It is impossible to store it in any manner or container. Savings is a noun which refers to a quantifiable amount, something which daylight can never be. Saving is a gerund referring to an action, in this case, the retaining of more time with daylight in it, by changing the clocks. The correct spelling and usage of the word is without the S. It is Daylight Saving Time!

  237. patrick -  September 21, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    i just got 5 new funfacts

  238. KWAME -  September 21, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    Autumn is a much better word to use than Fall, what the heck is fall.

  239. KWAME -  September 21, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    Autumn is a much better word to use than Fall, what teh heck is fall.

  240. JO ANNE -  September 21, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    No matter what you call it, fall/autumn is my favorite season!

  241. lol -  September 21, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    weird but cool…

  242. Crazy -  September 21, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Amazing!!!! Do we still use the word, autumn?

  243. Holden SS Ute -  September 21, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Haha ! very interesting! way 2 go shakespear……. :D

  244. Harold Camping -  September 21, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Interesting information, gentlemen. Fall is upon us indeed! Then before we know it we will be entering Holiday 2011.

  245. Jack Cervantes -  September 21, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Hurray for Fall/Autumn!

  246. Sharon R.... :) -  September 21, 2011 - 5:16 pm



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