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!