Pumpkins, cool breezes, and the aroma of autumn candles are on the horizon. The beauty of the leaves turning red, orange, and yellow decorate the streets. The joy of fall is on its way and there is no better way to celebrate the occasion than with food, fun, and whimsical visions of weekend bliss.
But first, we will look at where the term "fall" and "autumn" came from. Why do we use these words interchangeably? Which one is correct? Autumn is a Latin word that comes from Autumnus. It appeared in the late 14th century and replaced the word harvest. Harvest comes from the word "haust." It means "to gather or to pluck." By the time the 17 century came, the word "fall" started to pick of momentum by people moving from the rural areas, and more into the cities in Europe. The fall season means to "fall or "die" like when the trees shed their leaves.
In America, people adopted the term "fall" rather than "harvest" or "autumn." "The two terms for the third season in the United States, while somewhat of a mystery, may have something to do with the spread of English to the American continent at the very epoch when "fall" began jockeying for position with using "autumn," Live Science reported. In the 19th century the British kept using the word "autumn" and the U.S., adopted the word "fall." Regardless of what word you use, the fall can be a time for joy, inner growth, and a time to live in the present.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/love-family/7-ways-to-welcome-the-fall.aspx#ykyFfPZXJhCDbr1D.99
Till next time this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa