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I aim to use this blog to keep up my English and maybe give others some insights in Swedish language. It's not a diary - well not quite...

Höst

NaturföreteelserPosted by Gunvor 2011-09-13 18:50:01

Höst is ’autumn’. It is a common Germanic word going back to Indoeuropean *kerp meaning ‘to pick', 'gather', 'harvest'. The English version is harvest, and the Danish høst, also meaning ‘harvest’. German Herbst means ‘autumn’.

Related is Latin carpere, ‘to pick’, ‘divide’, ‘enjoy’, used in the well-known adage Carpe diem! – ‘Enjoy the day!’ High time for that now that the days are getting shorter.