ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year," she announced whilst peering closely at us to see if we were paying attention.
"Fall derives from an Old English verb, but it wasn’t used as a noun to designate the season until the 16th century. This use most likely developed from the Middle English expression “fall of the leaf.” So what did Old English speakers call the season? --- Harvest."
We like that a lot.