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(Newsweek)   Why do we say "fall" and "autumn" for the season? And which is correct? And why don't we just call it "Leaf Changing Time?"   ( newsweek.com) divider line
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2017-11-08 07:51:40 AM  
It's called football season.
 
2017-11-08 08:53:56 AM  

basemetal: It's called football season.


And Autumn is a stripper.
 
2017-11-08 08:56:08 AM  
English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.
 
2017-11-08 08:59:39 AM  

RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.


Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).
 
2017-11-08 09:06:32 AM  
To answer the headline question, because we haven't entered "idiocracy" levels of stupidity quite yet.

We don't call winter "snow fallin time" or spring "flower time" or summer "Ow, hot" either.
 
2017-11-08 09:08:56 AM  

Ambivalence: To answer the headline question, because we haven't entered "idiocracy" levels of stupidity quite yet.

We don't call winter "snow fallin time" or spring "flower time" or summer "Ow, hot" either.


Also, leaves don't wear diapers, they don't need changing.
 
2017-11-08 09:25:27 AM  

ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).


That distinction didn't originally exist.
 
2017-11-08 09:31:49 AM  

ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).


Because French lords of English territories were accustomed to ordering their food by cut, not animal, whereas the English just had the word for the animal.
 
2017-11-08 09:36:50 AM  

RexTalionis: ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).

That distinction didn't originally exist.


I did not know that.

deadsanta: ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).

Because French lords of English territories were accustomed to ordering their food by cut, not animal, whereas the English just had the word for the animal.


Can we get a consensus here, plz?
 
2017-11-08 11:04:34 AM  

Ambivalence: To answer the headline question, because we haven't entered "idiocracy" levels of stupidity quite yet.

We don't call winter "snow fallin time" or spring "flower time" or summer "Ow, hot" either.


Hmm. No.
Листопад - "leaf-fall" is the Ukie word.

subby is a Ukie.

The rest of us aren't Ukies, subby.
That's why.
 
2017-11-08 11:41:23 AM  

ZMugg: RexTalionis: ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).

That distinction didn't originally exist.

I did not know that.

deadsanta: ZMugg: RexTalionis: English is kinda full of word pairs that mean the same things, but originate from different language traditions, usually one that originate in the British Isles and one that originate from French or Latin.

Think pig (Old English/Anglo Saxon) vs pork (Latin by way of France) or cow vs beef (ditto=.

Pig = animal. Pork = the parts you eat (mostly).
Cow = animal. Beef = the parts you eat (mostly).

Because French lords of English territories were accustomed to ordering their food by cut, not animal, whereas the English just had the word for the animal.

Can we get a consensus here, plz?


Beef derives from the French boeuf, which itself derives from Old French buef, which just means ox. Essentially the same thing as cow.
 
2017-11-08 05:26:56 PM  

wrenchboy: basemetal: It's called football season.

And Autumn is a stripper.


My cousin is NOT a stripper...
 
2017-11-09 07:40:54 AM  
I just call it my 2nd least favorite season. Takes longer to say but I don't care.
 
2017-11-09 07:43:19 AM  

mrsleep: wrenchboy: basemetal: It's called football season.

And Autumn is a stripper.

My cousin is NOT a stripper...


...yet.
 
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