What is more common in English, to describe the season when the leaves fall from the trees (I mean during a conversation), the word fall or autumn? For example, if I say Autumn season is my favourite, will I sound funny?
I am asking this question because we are taught here is Brazil that the seasons are: autumn, spring, summer and winter, but I have never listen someone speaking in English the word autumn when refering to this season but they always use the word fall.
Last edited by dilermando; 27-Aug-2008 at 15:40.
Reason: incomplete question
"Autumn" is univserally understood in English, but in the US, it sounds terribly formal. We call this season "Fall." I recall being in the UK and describing early October as "Fall" and being laughed at. Nevertheless, you'll find that in print and in conversation, "Fall" is the more common word. "Autumn" is the province of poets and literary types.