Today we set our clocks back an hour and when discussing it with some Brits on Saturday night I recited the ‘spring ahead fall behind’ rhyme to them as they were saying they could never remember which way the clocks went…I was met with blank stares as they dont call this season Fall here so falling behind didnt seem to make much sense.
Fall is something that leaves do off of trees or drunk people do to the tracks on the tube every so often (often enough that they have posters in the tube warning you of the dangers of falling on the tracks) The season here is called Autumn which sounds more posh than fall – the more I think about it, fall is a bit of a weird word to use to describe a season. ‘Its a nice fall day’ – to those used to using the word autumn sound more like a pleasant day to hurt yourself versus a day to jump in a pile of leaves.
Above and beyond the use of Autumn for the season I have also heard the word autumnal (ah-tom-null) used more than I ever thought I would hear a word which means autumn like or has characteristics of autumn. This dish is made of autumnal vegetables or the weather feels very autumnal. When I needed something to explain fall characteristics I would just say fall-like ie ‘its a fall like day out there today’. Which admittedly sounds like I am a teenager who over uses the word ‘like’ um like its cold and like fall-like outside.
Regardless, I successfully changed my clocks back and enjoyed a very autumnal day – although it was gorgeous and sunny here and warm enough to be out without a coat which felt more spring-like or springtumnal.