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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
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2012-10-01 12:22:45 PM  
13 votes:
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 04:21:41 PM  
5 votes:
I never met a stripper named "Fall".
2012-10-01 04:21:21 PM  
5 votes:
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"Why is it the only season with two names? And what's the deal with airline food?"
2012-10-01 01:31:42 PM  
5 votes:
It's pop.
2012-10-01 04:17:50 PM  
4 votes:
I call Autumn "The Merciful End to Yet Another Hideous Mets Season" but that might be a regional thing
2012-10-01 04:29:44 PM  
3 votes:
"Spring ahead, Autumn back" doesn't make any sense. Just saying.
2012-10-01 04:24:30 PM  
3 votes:

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 02:29:26 PM  
3 votes:
It's not. Growing up in southeast Texas we had both summer and hell, hell being the preferred.
2012-10-01 06:05:03 PM  
2 votes:

trappedspirit: White lady problems

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All this nomenclature is giving me the vapors.
2012-10-01 04:24:21 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:00:55 PM  
2 votes:

choo: Autumnus!

For the rest of us!

We shall now commence Airing of Grievances to be followed by Feats of Strength!
2012-10-01 02:59:41 PM  
2 votes:

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 01:31:58 PM  
2 votes:
Because Obama
2012-10-01 12:23:51 PM  
2 votes:
Blame the British and their fancy English.
2012-10-01 08:16:54 PM  
1 vote:

Tired_of_the_BS: A few responses above that autumnal (x) > fall (x). Where I grew up, people just say winter (x), and summer (x), but for spring it's almost always vernal (x) and for fall autumnal (x).

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2012-10-01 07:44:21 PM  
1 vote:
It's simpler in some places, like Alaska, where "Winter" is pronounced as "today".
2012-10-01 07:32:51 PM  
1 vote:
"Have a nice trip, see you next autumn." Yeah, doesn't work.
2012-10-01 06:08:33 PM  
1 vote:
Get your dollar bills out, gentlemen. Now dancing on the main stage, the lovely Autumn.

/Got nothin'.
2012-10-01 06:08:02 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, and what sort of mist did Puff frolick in?
2012-10-01 06:06:23 PM  
1 vote:
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Fall, cos I dun cain't spell tha autum.. autim.. an coz 5% of tha world sez fall an thats like half o dem.
2012-10-01 05:41:30 PM  
1 vote:
Der Herbst - Eine wunderschöne und farbenprächtige Jahreszeit im Jahr. Die Abende werden länger, der Sommer ist vollbracht, die Natur bereitet sich unermütlich auf ihre Erholung vor. Ein Hauch von Melancholie liegt in der Luft.
2012-10-01 05:24:06 PM  
1 vote:
Screw Fall and Autumn, To Americans this time of year is known as "Football Season"
2012-10-01 05:12:47 PM  
1 vote:
mfw Englishmen call Autumn "Coldy-Mopey Leaf fall offy"
2012-10-01 05:10:44 PM  
1 vote:
We shall give Spring an additional name:


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2012-10-01 05:04:20 PM  
1 vote:
My dog calls them (in decreasing order of preference):

White (Winter)
Pounce (Fall)
Wet (Spring)
Hot (Summer)
2012-10-01 05:04:00 PM  
1 vote:
half of fall all of winter and half of spring if SEASON in florida
2012-10-01 04:56:06 PM  
1 vote:
A few responses above that autumnal (x) > fall (x). Where I grew up, people just say winter (x), and summer (x), but for spring it's almost always vernal (x) and for fall autumnal (x).

But then we also say soft drink... soda = club soda, and pop, depending on context is either an ice pop or lollipop.

/first time I visited TX I ordered a Coke, and the waitress asked what kind I wanted: Coke, orange Coke, or Dr. Pepper.
2012-10-01 04:53:35 PM  
1 vote:
It's becauase "Have a nice trip this Autumn" just sounds stupid.
2012-10-01 04:29:49 PM  
1 vote:

highendmighty: HighZoolander: /why measure length with letters?

Isn't there a tattooed penis joke out there somewhere.

2012-10-01 04:24:37 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:23:50 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:21:07 PM  
1 vote:
It's because I touch myself at night. Sorry about that.

/no i'm not
2012-10-01 04:21:05 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:08:00 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:19:03 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:11:47 PM  
1 vote:
I call summer 'Shpadoinklefest'.
2012-10-01 12:22:21 PM  
1 vote:
Either. Only people with nothing better to do care about this "issue."
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