In the interests of furthering the North-South dialogue, I ask that authors of documents
with a likely distribution in the tropics or the Southern Hemisphere avoid using
Northern Hemisphere seasons to indicate time periods.
To refer to the second quarter of the next calendar year as "spring 1994"
is not a useful term for those who experience only a Wet or a Dry season, and is
confusing for those living in the Southern Hemisphere temperate zones where spring
occurs in the last quarter of the calendar year.
The term "fall" for autumn, furthermore, may be familiar to North Americans
but is less common elsewhere and makes little sense in countries with a paucity of
Finally, the homonymic properties of the above two terms can lead to difficulties
as illustrated by the following limerick which I read many years ago:
- There was a young fellow named Hall,
Who fell in the spring in the fall.
T'would have been a sad thing
If he'd died in the spring,
But he didn't: he died in the fall.
- Susan Aitkin, Box 29 Phnom Penh