What can I say...there is also the connotation of, not something you can count on, not the "real fall", something deceptive that lures you back into your summer clothes and waps you with a snowstorm on the way home. I think that was the focus of her feeling rather than the dictionary definition. The untrustworthy Indian idea.Originally Posted by Broadway;2177625;
As to the origins....we have any linguists amongst us?
Glad to hear Rosie's facing up. As to the ching chong thing...I"ve heard it, rarely, and mostly from, frankly, very racist acquaintances...the kind of people who are always surprised that someone with a Chinese ancestry speaks English with a NY accent, the kind of people who always ask "where are you from?" if you don't look WASP or black.
I loved on Ugly Betty when she was asked that and said "Queens".
ETA...just looked up Indian summer on Wikipedia...interesting discussion of possible derivations!