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  • B.B.C. News: 'An Australian scientist says the continent needs five or six seasons to suit its climate.

    'Tim Entwisle, chief of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, says Australia should "unhook" itself from the "arbitrary" four seasons it inherited from Britain.

    'Mr Entwisle has proposed "sprummer" - the season between spring and summer - and "sprinter" - an early spring.'

    August 24, 2009

  • Can you tell Mr Entwisle is better at botany than linguistics?

    In any case, he ought to look beyond the end of his Sydney-bound nose. Around where I live the traditional (Aboriginal) people recognise six seasons over the course of a year. Studying same is part of the school curriculum.

    August 24, 2009

  • Actually, the linked article does mention that 'Aboriginal Australians use up to eight seasons in some parts of the country'.

    August 24, 2009

  • I've wasted all that dudgeon!

    August 24, 2009

  • I'd be interested to hear what they call them, bilby. Do you know?

    August 24, 2009

  • Depends which language, which tribal group, etc. Wikipedia has decent coverage of the Yolngu seasons and a few others on the same page.

    August 24, 2009

  • Thanks!

    August 24, 2009

  • spotted this today. I like it.

    May 8, 2015