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(Slate)   So is it 'fall' or is it 'autumn?' And why is it the only season with two names?   (slate.com) divider line 196
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2012-10-01 12:20:11 PM  
Why cant we just go back to using the Germanic "Harvest" for its name?
 
2012-10-01 12:22:21 PM  
Either. Only people with nothing better to do care about this "issue."
 
2012-10-01 12:22:45 PM  
You may appropriately use "autumn" in the following circumstances:

1) You speak with a British accent.
2) You are writing a poem in which the change of season is being compared to the stages of life.
3) The sentence you are using contains one or more of the following words: "whom," "irregardless," "apropos," "whilst," or "saturnine."
4) You are attending some sort of equestrian event that involves floppy hats.
5) You are holding some sort of cup with an extended pinkie finger.

In almost every other instance, "fall" is the correct term.
 
2012-10-01 12:23:51 PM  
Blame the British and their fancy English.
 
2012-10-01 12:37:01 PM  
Are they pants or trousers? Is it bi-annual or semi-annual?
 
2012-10-01 01:04:44 PM  
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2012-10-01 01:11:47 PM  
I call summer 'Shpadoinklefest'.
 
2012-10-01 01:22:20 PM  
Autumnal sounds a lot better than fallish, or fally.
 
2012-10-01 01:31:34 PM  

brap: Autumnal sounds a lot better than fallish, or fally.


Came for "autumnal". Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-01 01:31:42 PM  
It's pop.
 
2012-10-01 01:31:58 PM  
Because Obama
 
2012-10-01 01:32:57 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Are they pants or trousers? Is it bi-annual or semi-annual?


bi-annual is every two years. Semi-annual is every 6 months
 
2012-10-01 01:43:12 PM  

cretinbob: ArcadianRefugee: Are they pants or trousers? Is it bi-annual or semi-annual?

bi-annual is every two years. Semi-annual is every 6 months


You mean twice a year for biannual, no?
 
2012-10-01 01:47:40 PM  
It's a bit of a mystery why the superfluous autumn persists


I blame Nat King Cole.
 
2012-10-01 01:49:53 PM  

Mangoose: cretinbob: ArcadianRefugee: Are they pants or trousers? Is it bi-annual or semi-annual?

bi-annual is every two years. Semi-annual is every 6 months

You mean twice a year for biannual, no?


Yes. Every two years is biennial.
 
2012-10-01 01:55:08 PM  
I like to call summer "phi slamma jamma time." But maybe that's just me.
 
2012-10-01 01:57:07 PM  

GreenAdder: It's pop.


It's coke. Coke when it's cold, coke when it's kinda cold, coke when it's hot, or "Phi-slamma-jamma-time" as we call it in DC, and coke when it's kinda hot. COKE
 
2012-10-01 02:05:17 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: GreenAdder: It's pop.

It's coke. Coke when it's cold, coke when it's kinda cold, coke when it's hot, or "Phi-slamma-jamma-time" as we call it in DC, and coke when it's kinda hot. COKE


What about when it's coming out of a bubbler?
 
2012-10-01 02:14:28 PM  
Autumnus!
 
2012-10-01 02:16:42 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Every two years is biennial.


Yeah, I wasn't going to repost to correct that. I have full faith and confidence that someone else would. Bi-annual is nothing. The correct word is biennial.

My wife and I were discussing this the other day. Autumn is a sub-season of Fall. She thinks it's the beginning,late August til the leaves fall, I think it's more the time when it's starting to get darker and colder after the leaves have gone, later October to beginning of Winter.
 
2012-10-01 02:28:10 PM  
I always turn to the wisdom of Bernard (Barney) T. Dinosaur for the answer to this question.

♪♫ Oh tweedle opp a deedle opp a tweedle opp a dee
Our jackets, we're glad we brought 'em
Oh you can call it fall if that's what you please
But I say I like Autumn!♪♫
 
2012-10-01 02:29:26 PM  
It's not. Growing up in southeast Texas we had both summer and hell, hell being the preferred.
 
2012-10-01 02:59:41 PM  

timujin: It's not. Growing up in southeast Texas we had both summer and hell, hell being the preferred.


In Georgia we have spring and pollen between winter and summer.
 
2012-10-01 03:00:55 PM  

choo: Autumnus!


For the rest of us!

We shall now commence Airing of Grievances to be followed by Feats of Strength!
 
2012-10-01 03:08:15 PM  
I was more offended that TFA calls spring in french 'primetemps'. WTF?
 
2012-10-01 03:10:37 PM  

AlanSmithee: I call summer 'Shpadoinklefest'.


And Winter is greeted by a singing of "Let's Build a Snowman"?
 
2012-10-01 03:19:03 PM  

timujin: It's not. Growing up in southeast Texas we had both summer and hell, hell being the preferred.


My uncles take on the old "we only have two seasons here in Texas: summer and Hurricane season" was "WTF does it matter what season it is? You've got the air conditioner set to 65 degrees either way."
 
2012-10-01 03:46:00 PM  

cretinbob: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every two years is biennial.

Yeah, I wasn't going to repost to correct that. I have full faith and confidence that someone else would. Bi-annual is nothing. The correct word is biennial.

My wife and I were discussing this the other day. Autumn is a sub-season of Fall. She thinks it's the beginning,late August til the leaves fall, I think it's more the time when it's starting to get darker and colder after the leaves have gone, later October to beginning of Winter.


Well you wrote biannual not biennial, and mw defines both. So it actually exists, if that's what you're saying?
 
2012-10-01 04:08:00 PM  
FTA: Fall is better on the merits than autumn, in every way: it is short

Autumn= 6 letters
Winter = 6 letters
Summer = 6 letters
Spring = 6 letters

I don't see how fall being "short" makes it preferable.

(I don't really care which word anyone prefers, but that struck me as a really silly argument. I can bear diversity in the names of the seasons, but I've been on Fark for too long to let a stupid argument pass without comment.)
 
2012-10-01 04:15:13 PM  

FloydA: FTA: Fall is better on the merits than autumn, in every way: it is short

Autumn= 6 letters
Winter = 6 letters
Summer = 6 letters
Spring = 6 letters

I don't see how fall being "short" makes it preferable.

(I don't really care which word anyone prefers, but that struck me as a really silly argument. I can bear diversity in the names of the seasons, but I've been on Fark for too long to let a stupid argument pass without comment.)


Its an argument about elitism.

Its a vulgar Germanic term versus an educated Romantic word. There will always be this argument.
 
2012-10-01 04:17:50 PM  
I call Autumn "The Merciful End to Yet Another Hideous Mets Season" but that might be a regional thing
 
2012-10-01 04:18:24 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: GreenAdder: It's pop.

It's coke. Coke when it's cold, coke when it's kinda cold, coke when it's hot, or "Phi-slamma-jamma-time" as we call it in DC, and coke when it's kinda hot. COKE


The only thing that we call "Coke" in DC is Coke...oh and coke (sniffle). But the correct term for the carbonated beverage is "soda".
 
2012-10-01 04:21:05 PM  
I don't care what you call it, but it's still farking hot.

2012 is going to be the year of the endless summer, at this rate.
 
2012-10-01 04:21:07 PM  
It's because I touch myself at night. Sorry about that.

/no i'm not
 
2012-10-01 04:21:21 PM  
Does anyone say "winter, spring, summer, or autumn"?

For me autumn isn't a season, it's a shorter time, and more of a feeling in the air.

Though here in north Mexico (aka San Antonio) we have two seasons, hellfire and fall. Don't get much winter or spring. Fall lasts from November until April. Everything else is summer.
 
2012-10-01 04:21:21 PM  
www.buddytv.com 
"Why is it the only season with two names? And what's the deal with airline food?"
 
2012-10-01 04:21:39 PM  

FloydA: FTA: Fall is better on the merits than autumn, in every way: it is short

Autumn= 6 letters
Winter = 6 letters
Summer = 6 letters
Spring = 6 letters

I don't see how fall being "short" makes it preferable.

(I don't really care which word anyone prefers, but that struck me as a really silly argument. I can bear diversity in the names of the seasons, but I've been on Fark for too long to let a stupid argument pass without comment.)


Autumn= 2 syllables
Winter = 2 syllables
Summer = 2 syllables
Spring = 1 syllable

Fall = 1 syllable

/why measure length with letters?
 
2012-10-01 04:21:41 PM  
I never met a stripper named "Fall".
 
2012-10-01 04:23:06 PM  
Fall. Think about it...how many times have you seen leaves autumn off of the trees? Never! So there you are. It is fall. Autumn is some hippy kid's name.
 
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2012-10-01 04:23:28 PM  

AlanSmithee: I call summer 'Shpadoinklefest'.


We call it, "Holy balls it's hot outside."
 
2012-10-01 04:23:50 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: GreenAdder: It's pop.

It's coke. Coke when it's cold, coke when it's kinda cold, coke when it's hot, or "Phi-slamma-jamma-time" as we call it in DC, and coke when it's kinda hot. COKE

The only thing that we call "Coke" in DC is Coke...oh and coke (sniffle). But the correct term for the carbonated beverage is "soda".


I tend to call it coke (partly because I actually do prefer Coke), but soda is completely acceptable. Pop just sounds completely stupid, and there's no excuse for it.
 
2012-10-01 04:24:17 PM  
I prefer to say autumn. It just sounds better. Also, describing things as "autumnal" sounds better than "fall-like."
 
2012-10-01 04:24:21 PM  
In my part of Canada we have:
Winter and Roadwork...there also used to be a season called hockey but I think global warning killed it.
 
2012-10-01 04:24:30 PM  

cretinbob: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every two years is biennial.

Yeah, I wasn't going to repost to correct that. I have full faith and confidence that someone else would. Bi-annual is nothing. The correct word is biennial.

My wife and I were discussing this the other day. Autumn is a sub-season of Fall. She thinks it's the beginning,late August til the leaves fall, I think it's more the time when it's starting to get darker and colder after the leaves have gone, later October to beginning of Winter.


Get a divorce...
 
2012-10-01 04:24:37 PM  

cman: Its a vulgar Germanic term versus an educated Romantic word. There will always be this argument.


Until the nuclear apocalypse. Then they will be arguing about whether "Periplaneta Americana" or "Cockroach" is the appropriate term for our radioactive overlords.
 
2012-10-01 04:25:57 PM  
Well there is "Winter" and "GODDAMMIT I'M FREEZING MY FARKING ASS OFF OUT HERE"
 
2012-10-01 04:26:06 PM  
Using the "interesting" tag is a bit of a stretch, eh, Subby?
 
2012-10-01 04:28:10 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: GreenAdder: It's pop.

It's coke. Coke when it's cold, coke when it's kinda cold, coke when it's hot, or "Phi-slamma-jamma-time" as we call it in DC, and coke when it's kinda hot. COKE


That's just ass backwards. When ordering in a restaurant do you say "I'll have a Diet Pepsi Coke"?
 
2012-10-01 04:28:13 PM  

HighZoolander: /why measure length with letters?


Isn't there a tattooed penis joke out there somewhere.
 
2012-10-01 04:29:44 PM  
"Spring ahead, Autumn back" doesn't make any sense. Just saying.
 
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