Labor Day at the beginning of September brings the unofficial end of summer and introduces Autumn. Though the weather differs from region to region, for many it’s a time to put away their tee-shirts and take out their sweatshirts. Fall is the kick-off to not only football season, but four months filled with fun, food and festivities. New England, a northeast region of the country made up of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, is especially well known as a place to see the leaves change into spectacular colors. The colors start changing in mid-September and continue through October. People plan road trips specifically to see the fall foliage.  Along the way many stop to go apple picking, another American fall tradition. From September thru November, it’s all about apples and pumpkins and they are used for anything and everything. Pumpkin beer, apple cider, apple pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin yoghurt, pumpkin tea, the list goes on and on and you definitely can’t miss flavored these items!

Expressions and vocabulary related to autumn themes:

Apple of Someone’s Eye – An expression to refer to someone’s favorite person. For example, “I was the apple of my grandfather’s eye” means I was his favorite or he liked me very much.

Turn over a new leaf – To change your behavior in a positive way. So, if we say, “This fall, I’m turning over a new leaf and I’m going to start practicing my English every day”, it means you have set a new goal for improving your language skills.

Tailgate Party – Before fans go into the stadium to watch the big game, many will host or attend a party in the parking lot. People eat, drink and get pumped for the game while enjoying snacks from the back of their car. This isn’t limited to football games, but it is a big part of watching the popular fall sport. Next time you see parked cars with grills and coolers next to them, you’ll know that you’re witnessing tailgating.

Expressions with the word “Fall” in them:

Fall back on – Something you use or do when your original plan fails, it’s like a Plan B. For example, “if our flight is canceled, we’ll fall back on driving.”

Fall between the cracks – When something is overlooked or neglected. “The project fell through the cracks and wasn’t completed on time.”

Fall for something – To be tricked into believing something. “I completely fell for all her stories and believed every word even though I later found out they weren’t true.”

Take the fall for – To accept blame or punishment for something someone else did. This person is sometimes called “the fall guy” or a scapegoat.

 

Written by Fleur Isabelle Stewart, English expert at Primera

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