I always thought it's merely a difference between AmE and BrE, then I stumbled upon this post by Gordon Ramsay (about vegetable choice for a small garden):

Parsnips are amazing through autumn and fall. Not just roasted, but in incredible soups.

I googled the difference and besides BrE and AmE, I only found Canadians treat 'Autumn' as more formal, but with the same meaning.

Is there something I'm missing? Say, 'fall' being 'late autumn' or something?

  • As a native brit I also thought "fall" was the American word for autumn. Feb 8, 2017 at 17:39
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    There is no useful difference between the two other than the spelling and that one (autumn) sounds more mellifluous than the other. You hear fall much more often in AmE, but nobody bats an eye at autumn.
    – Robusto
    Feb 8, 2017 at 17:39
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    Is it possible he meant 'summer and fall' but made a redundancy department of redundancy error?
    – SF.
    Feb 8, 2017 at 18:02
  • Yes, they are the same. One is not more formal than the other.
    – Lambie
    Feb 8, 2017 at 23:13

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I arrived here after googling for the same question. I found the article of slate.com (link bellow) very enlightening, basically they are the same and both were used for a bit of time, but 'autumn' remained in England while 'fall' in US.


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