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What does the phrase “dog days of summer” mean and where did it originate?

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When someone says the term “dog days of summer,” what does it mean?

asked Jun 19, 2013 in Dog Behavior by (1,180 points)

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The dog in the phrase comes from the ancient Egyptians who named the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, after the god Osiris whose head was similar to a dog's. The Egyptians believed that the dog star Sirius added heat to the sun and was responsible for extreme hot weather. They also thought that the extreme heat caused the Nile River to flood. And so it was passed down generations to mean the very hot days in summer.
answered Jun 20, 2013 by (36,420 points)