Tag: etymology

The fowl in your kitchen

You know that big bird, the one that you might or might not be trying desperately to defrost right now? Here’s how it got its name!

Fall, autumn…what’s the difference?

Each season has a name: winter, spring, summer, and fall…err…autumn. Which is it? Today, it’s either. Many of us might prefer “autumn” because it just sounds nicer. Something about the word is mystical and misty, evoking images of fog-wrapped trees on a forested hillside. Even the spelling of the word is alluringly mysterious: why the silent “n”? Is it a vestige of an ancient … Read More Fall, autumn…what’s the difference?