I don't like autumn. Everyone acts like it's the most beautiful time of the year, but it really is not. It's cold, wet and depressing. Maybe in some parts of the world it's pretty and photogenic for a day or so, but I refuse to believe that anybody genuinely enjoys autumn. You are all kidding yourselves.
My Seasonal Affective Disorder-induced bitterness aside, I have decided to share some nice autumnal words from various languages with you. At least autumn is inspiring for art and poetry and has some pretty words, even if the longer nights and the abundance of puddles makes me wish it were socially acceptable to hibernate.
листопáд (listopád, lystopád)
листопáд is a word in Russian and Ukranian for the falling of autumn leaves.
is the Finnish name for the colours of autumn leaves. Similar words in other languages include:
- efterårsfarver - Danish
- 단풍 (danpung) - Korean
- 紅葉 (momiji or kōyō) - Japanese
and on that note...
Literally 'red leaf hunting', momijigari is the Japanese tradition of going to scenic areas in autumn to view the changing colours of the trees.
The Welsh name for autumn, 'Hydref' (which is also the name for October), apparently comes from Proto-Celtic *sido-bremo-, which means 'the bellowing of stags', since autumn is the mating / rutting season for deer.
Mareel is a Shetlandic Scots term referring to the sparkling lights seen on the sea (marine phosphorescence) particularly during autumn nights.
Dagwaagishi is an Ojibwe word meaning 'he/she spends the autumn somewhere'.
Avar is a Hungarian word for the layer of dead, fallen leaves on the ground in autumn.
秋老虎 (qiū lǎohǔ)
A brief period of intense heat in the middle of autumn - in English it's known as an 'Indian Summer', but in Chinese it's called qiū lǎohǔ, literally meaning 'autumn tiger'.
Do you have any favourites? Any more to add from other languages? Drop me a comment!