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Why The Fall/Autumn Season Has Two Names

Posted on the 04 October 2012 by Gerard @presurfer
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Ever wondered why the third season is sometimes called autumn and sometimes fall? The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalised to the original Latin word autumnus.
The alternative word fall traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates.

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