The SvP English Debate: Fall or Autumn?
by, 4th August 2014 at 08:17 PM (516 Views)
The Sidewalk vs. Pavement (SvP) English Debate is basically a series of posts where I ask you all questions about some nuances in the English language, and which nuance you personally use the most/you think makes the most sense. They could be vocabulary-based (like today's entry), grammar-based, or whatever else I can think of. (And of course you're free to suggest topics, too!) I'll test-drive this series with a few posts and then we'll see what happens from there.
For this first post, we're going to talk about that section of the year between September and December. The leaves change colors, the kiddies may be playing mischievous tricks on each other, and big businesses think it's okay to start talking about Santa Claus even though it's just not. That's right, we're talking about the fall season... I'm sorry, I mean the autumn season... Wait, I mean--which one do I mean?!
From my understanding, "fall" is primarily used in North America (specifically Canada and the U.S.), while the "autumn" is primarily used... well, everywhere else. That being said, when I was younger I was taught to use these two terms interchangeably, so I actually didn't realize that these words were culturally significant until a few months ago, when I visited a video game website that insisted on making the distinction between a "fall" video game release in North America and an "autumn" video game release in Europe.
So. which word do you personally use--"fall" or "autumn"? Or, do you use the terms interchangeably? Are you conscious about which one you use when talking to different people, or do you assume they will know what you're talking about when you use the word you're most comfortable with? Do you think both terms are now common enough around the world that there's no need to make a distinction between North American "fall" and international "autumn", or do you think these words are still culturally significant? Leave your thoughts below!
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