Tuesday, September 20, 2005

One More Etymology for the day... to tie you over!

DOG DAYS: Why are those hot summer days called "dog days"?

~The ancient Romans believed that six or eight hottest days of the summer were caused by the Dog Star, Sirius' rising with the sun and adding its heat to the day. They called these days cuniculares dies--"dog days"~

5 Comments:

At 11:10 PM, Blogger atnihs said...

I love etymology. Now I know why Keanu Reeves' band is called Dog Star. I heard that he's a wicked bass player.

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger traceofblistex said...

Keanu ::shakes head:: good lord! He's so goofy!

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Astrid said...

I sure long for a dog day!!!

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Phillip said...

The thing is, "cuniculus" means bunny, not dog.

"caniculus" means a small dog. Hmm...

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger traceofblistex said...

Well, phillip you can go write the author of my little etymology book! :P

 

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