fall and autumn

Paul Frank paulfrank at WANADOO.FR
Fri Aug 4 06:04:13 UTC 2000

For some time I've been wondering why I come across, or think I come across,
the word fall more often than the word autumn in the New York Times. I'm
talking about the period between the September equinox and the December
solstice, not the other meanings of "fall." I've just come across this odd
sentence in a New York Times article published in the International Herald
Tribune: "Since the autumn of the Berlin Wall a decade ago, rightist
violence has become a fact of German life" (IHT, August 2, p. 5). This makes
me think that a New York Times slot man or drudge makes it his business to
replace the word fall with the posher but in my opinion uglier word autumn.

Paul Frank
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