Indian Summer

A chance comment on Twitter  concerning the origin of the phrase Indian Summer (which, contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with India) reminded me of this lovely old recording by the late great Sidney Bechet. So since we’re currently experiencing an Indian Summer, why not bask in its glow?

“You gotta be in the Sun to feel the Sun” – Sidney Bechet.

5 Responses to “Indian Summer”

  1. In Welsh, this period of warm weather at the end of September is known as “Haf Bach Mihangel” or Michael’s Little Summer, as it occurs around Michaelmas Day on the 29th of September.

    • telescoper Says:

      Looking through my old blog posts from around this time of year, I find that it’s been a regular occurrence over the past few years…

  2. I never thought it had anything to do with India, but rather with American Indians (as the link describes). By the way, “Native American” or “Indios” as alternative terms are essentially the same: applying a European term to these peoples (though without the east/west confusion, though avoiding this is not the motivation for such “politically correct” terms). A famous (American) Indian film director said “Indians call Indians Indians”. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me (and I am actually part Indian, though the genes have been diluted appreciably).

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      Presumably “Indio” is what Spanish-origin Mexicans call(ed) them?

      • Yes, it’s the general term in Spanish (not just in Mexico), but has the same ambiguity that the English term “Indian” does. In German, it is clear: “Inder” is from India and “Indianer” is from America. Maybe something like the difference between elliptic and elliptical. (Is there a rule here? I know that an electrical engineer is not an electric engineer (which might be some sort of robot), “magnetical” doesn’t seem to exist but in the case of elliptic(al) both words exist.)

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