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"Fall" vs. "Autumn" (WAS: The English/French counting system (WAS: number systems fromconlangs))

From:Phillip Driscoll <phild@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 3:20
David Barrow wrote:
> > >>fall (v.) - O.E. feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, pp. > >>feallen), from P.Gmc. *fallanan (cf. O.N. falla, O.H.G. fallan), from > >>PIE base *phol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lith. puola "to > >>fall," O.Prus. aupallai "finds," lit. "falls upon"). Noun sense of > >>"autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1664, short for fall of the leaf (1545). > > > >Definitely in use in Canada, too. > > > I wondered about that. Don't Canadians use "autumn" too? For that > matter don't Americans sometimes?
In North America, "fall" and "autumn" are both used interchangeably. I'd say "fall" is probably more common, but both are used. --Ph. D.