And some fans think I’m the one who picks apart his words!
My favorite Englishman in New York is taking some good natured ( I think it’s good natured) flack for using the word fall for that season that’s just around the corner – instead of the word autumn.
Apparently some British fans think he’s a turncoat for describing the season of turning leaves in what they consider to be American and not British.
One fan even questioned whether he had really passed his O levels in English. (lightheartedly, I think)
I’m a New Yorker, hence an American, and I use the words interchangeably depending on the topic. Thus, the new television season is always the Fall Season ( can’t help it – it’s all over the press), and school always starts in the fall. When friends ask me when I’ll be back in NYC, I’ll be answering, this fall, yet, I always refer to autumn leaves and if you ask my favorite season, I would answer that it was autumn – especially autumn in New York. And when it comes to describing a certain color palate, I frequently use the term autumnal (orange, browns, rust, dark red, greens,gold).
So, I did a little research, and i mean, very little, and I came up with this link. The article says that the word fall was actually the original word used in England, and that it was only in the 18th century that the word autumn gained popularity in the UK, derived from a French word, but was used as early as the 15th century. It also claims that the term fall is becoming more popular in the UK – and here’s where they’re wrong – as they say, in connection with TV seasons ( right) and tourism in New York City ( wrong).
Just for the hell of it, I also disagree with one of the citations used in the article:
Sure, there are fall-colored M&Ms, but autumn candy otherwise looks unappealing. [Boston Globe]
So, to my British fellow fans, take it easy. Let’s not make our Richard Armitage FALL on his sWORD over his alleged Americanisms. Anyway, chocolate is still his favourite flavour, he wants us all to empathise and he would probably prefer that I not over-analyse this. (My spell-check is really angry)
So,to UK fans, (WARNING THIS IS A JOKE), I say, perhaps it’s more a generational thing than a national thing? Get with the new lingo;get with the new zip code – er postal code.