Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 12:24:52 +0100
From: Aaron Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LING.ED.AC.UK
Subject: Re: fall and autumn
On Thu, 28 Aug 1997, Daniel Long wrote:
}I have some questions about the use of "autumn" and "fall" in the US and
}For "fall", does this mean that "fall" is rare EVEN in literary use in
}the UK, and thus not used in conversational speech?
"Fall" is never used on this side of the water. It's entirely
understood, especailly as an American lexeme, but never used. I can't say
that I've read much British literature, but "fall" comes after "trip", not
"summer" in what I have read :).
}For "autumn", I agree with what they say it being from Sept to Dec in
}North America. Does it indeed start in August in UK usage?
Well, I can vouch for the weather getting noticeably cooler and
wetter in the past few days. I can't say if that's autumn setting in, or
if it's a struggle between typical year-round Scottish weather and
sunshine. The end of August is when the weather starts to change here,
but autumn doesn't begin, at least as a concept, until September-ish.
} Any insights, opinions?
I've not enough insights and far too many opinions. :)
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