Why don't the British say autumn instead of fall?

There are many theories as to why the British say autumn instead of fall.

One theory is that it is simply a matter of preference. 

The British tend to prefer shorter words, and “autumn” fits that bill.

Another theory is that the British adopted the word “autumn” from the French, who also use the word “automne.”

This is likely because the French influence on English was strong during the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Whatever the reason, it seems clear that “autumn” is here to stay in British English.



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