But leaves aren’t the only things falling.¹ Gravity appears to have been at work in many areas, as evidenced by the fallen items below.
- Humpty Dumpty: He had a great fall. (Actually, it didn’t turn out so great for him, what with the breaking up. Maybe his summer was better.)
- Jack (of Jack and Jill): Fell down. Broke his crown.
- The sky: It’s falling. (At least according to Chicken Little.)
- The cradle: It will fall. Out of a tree. With a baby in it. (I’m not sure why a song about a baby falling out of a tree is supposed to help bring on sleep…)
- London Bridge: It’s falling down. (Falling down, falling down.)
- Falling Down (1993): A Michael Douglas movie
- “Falling:” a song by Julee Cruise that was well known as the theme song for the TV series Twin Peaks.
- The Fall: a “post-punk” band
- take the fall: to take the blame for something
- fall guy: someone who takes the fall, a scapegoat
- The Fall Guy: An 80s TV series about a stunt man starring Lee Majors (better known for his 70s role as the “bionic man.”)
- to fall short: to not meet expectations
- fall asleep: to enter a sleeping state
- fallout: consequences, especially those that aren’t immediate
- fall in: to get into line
- fall in love:an expression meaning, um, to fall in love. Crap. How do I even paraphrase that? I guess “become enamored of, usually in a romantic way.”
- fall for someone: an expression meaning “be won over by someone,” or sometimes “start to like someone”
- fall for something: to be tricked
- fall into the pudding: this isn’t actually an expression²
- “Fall on Me” A song by R.E.M.
- When I Pretend to Fall: an album by the Long Winters, and a line from the song “Stupid.” She laughs when I pretend to fall…
- Ring around the rosie³:
Ring around the rosie
Pocket full of posie
We all fall down
And there it is. We all fall down.⁴
² There are loads more real idioms involving falling
³Apparently there are many different versions of this, some of which don’t even involve falling down. Theo has been reciting a version of this lately. Mostly what I hear is “Asses, asses, we fall down.” I don’t recall seeing that one on the Wiki page.
⁴ Often on our asses.
Cradle falling image from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies, by Munroe & Francis, 1833, found on the Gutenberg Project.