Dog Days of Summer: July 3 to August 11

Yesterday I heard someone use the phrase “Dog days of summer”.

That got me to thinking “What are the dog days of summer?”

I did a Google search and, much to my surprise, there is a lot written about this.

Here’s how dictionary.com defines “dog days”:

1. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.
2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.

This web site that has a nice description of the origin of the term: http://wilstar.com/dogdays.htm

Wikipedia has some further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Days

Happy Dog Days of Summer!

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