28 Sep Autumn is officially here!
It is official – autumn is here! After a hot (and we mean hot) summer, we’re looking forward to embracing the cooler weather.
But I bet you didn’t know these things about autumn:
John Keats’ famous quote “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” was inspired by a walk around the river by Winchester College.
Equinox comes from Latin. “Equi” means “equal” and “nox” means “night”. So the autumn equinox is when there are 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, which happened over the weekend. (Interestingly, for meteorological reasons, autumn can officially start on 1 September as this allows meteorologists to compare data to previous years).
The word “fall” often used by Americans to describe autumn isn’t as American as we think… The phrase “fall of the leaf”, which was used commonly in 17th Century Britain, was shortened to “fall” to describe this time of year.
By the 18th Century, the French word “L’automne” entered the English language and gave us “autumn” as we currently call it.
There you have it, a few fun facts about autumn!