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Ever wonder how the seasons got their names?

posted 10/12/2011 12:31:31 PM |
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Just sitting here in Pervia, listening to the crickets chirping. And I got to wondering, how did the seasons get the names they have. Amazing to find out a lot of German in them. Seriously.


"Spring" is an old word, and appears in many Germanic languages with a meaning like "to jump" or "to run".

I think Fall is the only one of the 4 that didn't start with a Germanic word:

Autumn or Fall

It can have two names: "Autumn" or "Fall". Which one do the students use most often? Nowadays, the name "Fall" is probably used most often in American English, though "Autumn" is used as well. In British English, however, the word "Autumn" is used almost exclusively--British English used the word "Fall" for this season quite often, though now it is only sometimes found in some dialects of British English.


What is Summer? It is when school is out! It is also the warm and sunny season of the year, when sun is up more than at other times of the year and doesn't set until late in the evening. Not surprisingly, people have needed a word for summer for a very long time. In fact, of all the words for seasons used by the people who spoke Indo-European about six thousand (6000) years ago, only one of them is still used in English: summer. The Indo-Europeans used a basic word that started "sem-". By about two thousand (2000) years ago, people speaking Germanic had taken this basic start and turned it into "sumaraz". People who spoke Old English about one thousand (1000) years ago said "sumor". People who spoke Middle English about six hundred (600) years ago used a word like "sumer" or "sommer", which has become our word "summer". Here is how the Germanic word "sumaraz" turned out in other Germanic languages:


What is winter? It is the cold season, the snowy season--and if it isn't quite cold enough for snow it can be the wet season as well! In fact, our word "winter" is related to our words "wet", "water", and "wash". All these words come from an Indo-European basic form "wed-". People speaking Germanic, about two thousand (2000) years ago, used a word "wentruz" to mean "winter" (or "wet season"--for comparison, the Germanic word for "water" was "watar").

Here is the wiki answers link I got these from.

How the seasons got their names

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Oct 12 @ 12:50PM  
Very interesting and timely

Oct 12 @ 2:18PM  
I enjoyed this blog because I like words and their meanings. I wist that I had more time to look into the meaning of lots of words...sigh...

I just bought a new computer desk so now my work is cut out for me the rest of the day....shutting down Zelda, unloading TWO computer desk, hauling them out and setting up my new one. So I will be offline for several hours. Catch ya later...have a good day.

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Ever wonder how the seasons got their names?