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What Does Dog Days of Summer Mean?

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense | Dog days are here now, but hope is on the horizon

We’ve all heard the expression “dog days of summer.” For the longest time, I actually thought that this expression referred to the long, hot days of summer that are so long and brutally hot, even dogs suffer. Thank goodness for Google (actually, thank goodness for my freshman Government professor, for throwing that random reference into the middle of a long, dry lecture. It’s all I remember from his class).