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Autumn

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.Keats To Autumn ll. 1-11Autumn noun
1. The season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice and from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere; fall.
2. A period of maturity verging on decline (AHD).Modern English autumn via Middle English autumpne, from Old French autompne, from Latin autumnus. Today is the first day of fall, or autumn, if you will. It seems an auspicious date to start a new blog about words and language. The etymology offered for autumn by the AHD seems clear …