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Fall versus Autumn

Updated on March 11, 2015

Which do you prefer to say: Autumn or fall?

Fall or Autumn?

Which one do you prefer? Which one is more common?

In US people like word fall. In Europe people prefer autumn. Choose your side here!

Personally I think word Autumn is more romantic and poetic.

Fall & autumn word history

Etymology in other words

The word Autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest has been the term usually used to refer to the season. However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of the year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.

The alternative word Fall is now mostly a North American English word for the season. It traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in Noth America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term Fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became, the more common term in North America, where autumn is nonetheless preferred in scientific and often in literary contexts.

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Fall versus Autumn

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The whole world calls it Autumn....them there yankee's just have to be different

    • Lockerlover 6 years ago

      Wait which one do u like I'm confused with all the comments now.. I like autumn where do I put it?! I'm so confused!

    • Lockerlover 6 years ago

      I agree with you. Autumn sounds much more beautiful and exquisite in poetry and other things. It's even a better name for a kid!

    • tssfacts 6 years ago

      I think fall would be for me. Just because that is how I "learned" it lol.

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I agree that Autumn is more romantic, but I still refer to it as Fall.

    • Craftyville 6 years ago

      I've always known it as Fall too.

    • WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      In Canada, we say "Fall."

    • bdkz 6 years ago

      I'm a Fall girl!

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

        They're the same thing! I prefer harvest season as It sounds nicer. (Fall is the falling of Leaves & Autumn it the sound you make when you see the first leaf falling as in

        AU (wha)T a shaMN the trees are dying but what beautiful colors

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      • anonymous 6 years ago

        As an American, I'm used to saying "fall", but my Aussie boyfriend laughs and says, " Oh dahling, civilized people say 'autumn'!" Since I'm used to "fall", and "autumn" is somewhat more pretentious, I say it's "fall" (Unless I'm talkin to my boyfriend! )

      • Lockerlover 6 years ago

        Autumn sounds much more beautiful and exquisite in poetry and other things. It's an even better name for a kid. Fall is just so overused try something new for once guys!

      • Lockerlover 6 years ago

        Okay l like autumn perfect.

      • Henk LM 6 years ago

        I say autumn, but does it really matter whether someone uses fall or autumn?

      • desilegend 6 years ago

        I prefer Autumn. That's what I learned in my school...

      Since 1997, Autumn has been one of the top 100 names for girls in the United States.

      Autumn is also associated with the Halloween season (which in turn was influenced by Samhain, a Celtic autumn festival).

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Thought-provoking. I enjoyed it!

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          tssfacts 6 years ago

          Interesting debate. Either way it's a season that is full of beautiful colors.