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Atlas Obscura: Why Does the Season Before Winter Have Two Names?

Have you ever wondered why the season after summer has two distinct names–fall and autumn? I confess I never thought much about it, but here is a story from Atlas Obscura with a definite discussion of how the two terms for the season that marks the end of the growing season (in most parts of the Southeast, anyway) was named. Which do you prefer to use? I generally use fall, but in other parts of the world the opposite is true. You can read about it at

Source: Steve Jurvetson, Commons Wikimedia