Sunday, June 27, 2010
One fall in my life...
"Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay."
The word fall is now mostly a North American English word for the season, Autumn. It traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".
The two countries that I have lived in never managed to define this one season. Oman was located in the middle of the desert, and India had its share of summer and heavy monsoon rains. So as a kid, the only choice left was to define my imagination of Autumn from vivid descriptions in the works of Enid Blyton and Oscar Wilde.