I feel very happy that I live in a place that has four distinct (although that’s been questionable lately) seasons. Each has its merits and I can find things to love about each one. However, there is something about fall that makes it my favourite season. Or is it called autumn?
Fall vs autumn
Have you ever wondered why some call it fall while others call it autumn? You’re not the only one. I am so used to saying fall and feel like I’ve always used that instead of autumn. I know that the two mean the same thing, but are distinct enough to be called by different names. So what gives?
It turns out that the whole fall/autumn conundrum really depends on where you live. While autumn is more commonly used in the UK, in America fall is king. Why is that? Well, it goes back to the history of the two countries.
History behind the name
The name autumn first appears around the 1300’s. Before that, it was simply called harvest. As in collecting the nature’s bounty or harvesting the crops. It was a slightly confusing term so naturally it started to evolved. The name autumn came from an unknown Latin word autumnus. It seemed like a good way to solve the problem and the name stuck.
As everything else in human history, our obsession with the spoken word led others, mainly poets, to ponder their fascination with falling leaves. So much so that it led to the term fall, which became more mainstream around 1600’s as a result. As the separation of ties between the two countries deepened, so did the distinction between the two words. In its quest for independence and separation from Britain, the Americans adopted fall as their preferred term of use and in couple of decades fall was all the rage on the new continent.
What makes it my favourite season?
No matter what you call it, fall is definitely my favourite season. There comes a time when the heat of summer months becomes overwhelming. Sometimes, the summer gets so hot and dry that the arrival of fall becomes a welcomed break. The weather gets cooler, the air crisper and mother nature turns into a spectacular artist.
This is the time when people become obsessed with watching the leaves turn different colours and everything pumpkin spice. Since pumpkins are in abundance this time of the year, there is a tendency to add this flavour to practically everything. Damn you Starbucks and your pumpkin spiced latte! I think this is mostly a North American obsession though, one that didn’t isn’t’ shared by the rest of the world.
Things I love the most about fall
Fall is usually synonymous with the start of a school year. End of summer meant getting ready for school and everything that comes with it. I loved going back to school so fall was always an exciting time for me. Even though I don’t go to school anymore, the memory of going to school is always associated with fall.
Another great thing about the season is the return to all the fabulous boots and sweaters. It’s not cold enough to be worried about static hair and heavy coats, but it’s sufficiently cool to bust out the seasonally appropriate wardrobe and accessories.
I’m not gonna lie. I love all the colours that the leaves become. From reds, oranges, yellows and all shades in between, the trees become a spectacular display of nature at its best. This window of opportunity isn’t very long and if timed poorly, easy to miss. I’m fortunate that on my way to work I get to drive by some pretty spectacular displays and that makes the drive a whole lot nicer.
Do you live in a place that has different seasons? What’s your fav and why? Let me know.
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