When we are talking about โ€œ๐—”๐—น๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€ (old womens summer) we mean the unseasonably warm weather in fall in temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere. The term, in English โ€œ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€, normally refers to a warm dry weather spell from September until November. Along with the warmer weather, youโ€™ll see colorful foliage (๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ณ๐—ฎฬˆ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด)

But why would Germans call this type of weather after old women?

The German word for โ€˜womanโ€™ is โ€œ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚โ€, the older word is โ€œWeibโ€. However, โ€œ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏโ€ is not commonly used, and if it is itโ€™s a derogatory term for a woman, comparable to โ€œbroadโ€ in American English. So donโ€™t use it.

(If you are wondering if you can still use the term ๐—”๐—น๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, the answer is yes. In 1989, a court decided that the word doesnโ€™t violate the rights of older women.)
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But back to the summer named after old women.

๐Ÿ•ธ During the fall, young ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป (hammock spider) start spinning their webs or rather try to disperse through ballooning or kiting (๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ด) where they let the air catch their threads and by that be carried several meters. These spider silks remind us of the gray hair of older women, hence the name โ€œ๐—”๐—น๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€.

๐Ÿ•ธ But maybe the word โ€˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏโ€™ here has nothing to do with women, but comes from โ€˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ปโ€™, an old word for the โ€˜spinning of spider webs.โ€

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆณ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿฆณ The summery weather in fall can also be likened to a second youth of older people. It is short and doesnโ€™t really go along with nature. Regional names like ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ and ๐—”ฬˆ๐—ต๐—ป๐—น๐˜€๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (bavarian for grandfather summer) would also fall into this explanation.

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However, there are other regional names for the warm hazy weather in autumn, ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (after summer), ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, and ๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (among others).

โœ๏ธ Names like ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, and ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, refer to Feast Days of Christian saints: September 29th is Michaelโ€™s Day, Allerheiligen (All Saints Day) is on November 1st, and Martini (St. Martinโ€™s Day) is on November 11th. 

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