End of ADS-L Digest - 26 Aug 1997 to 27 Aug 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 27 Aug 1997 to 28 Aug 1997 There are 17 messages totalling 463 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. fall and autumn (2) 2. Rat=Freshman; Football Terms (3) 3. autumn (3) 4. three-track road 5. RE>three-track road (3) 6. Queries: _Am. Tongues_ & Slang (3) 7. RE>three-track road; Damon Runyon 8. Damon Runyon ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 14:35:11 +0900 From: Daniel Long Subject: fall and autumn I have some questions about the use of "autumn" and "fall" in the US and UK. OED says for "fall": In N. Amer. the ordinary name for autumn; in England now rare in literary use, though found in some dialects; spring and fall, the fall of the year, are, however, in fairly common use. OED says for "autumn": Popularly, it comprises, in Great Britain, August, September, and October (J.); in North America, September, October, and November (Webster) For "fall", does this mean that "fall" is rare EVEN in literary use in the UK, and thus not used in conversational speech? 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? Any insights, opinions? ============================================== Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297 Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302 Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]joho.osaka-shoin.ac.jp 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi http://www.age.or.jp/x/oswcjlrc/ Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577