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The dog days of August are typically not when voters are tuned in to midterm elections.
Polished blowouts and artful half buns may reign supreme in spring, but the dog days of summer warrant a no-fuss, stay-put style—and preferably one that can take you from beach time to happy hour.
As the dreaded dog days of summer approach, don’t submit to the sweltering heat.
Here are this week’s bite-size theater reviews as the 2017-18 theater scene starts winding up for the dog days.
The dog days of summer are upon us, and there's no better way to cool off than with a sweet frozen treat.
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Did You Know?
Dogs aren’t the only creatures uncomfortable in oppressive heat, so why does a dog get singled out in dog days? The dog here is actually the Dog Star, which is also called Sirius. The star has long been associated with sultry weather in the northern hemisphere because it rises simultaneously with the sun during the hottest days of summer. In the ancient Greek constellation system, this star (called Seirios in Greek) was considered the hound of the hunter Orion and was given the epithet Kyon, meaning "dog." The Greek writer Plutarch referred to the hot days of summer as hēmerai kynades (literally, "dog days"), and a Latin translation of this expression as dies caniculares is the source of our English phrase.
DOG DAYS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dog days for English Language Learners
: the hottest time of the year
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