The fall of the leaf, the ripeness of the fruit

The traditional English word in England for this time of year was fall, not autumn. Fall isn’t a modern American import at all. Fall is short for ‘the fall of the leaf’ and was in common usage in England in the 17th Century. Autumn is a new and fancy word for fall which came to the English language from the French autumne and only began to be used commonly in the 18th Century.

Autumn - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s not just leaves which are falling now though, it’s fruit which is ripening:

Autumn - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Together with the changing of the colours of the leaves the intensity of the red of the ripening fruit is a wonderful sight:

Autumn - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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