School's out, and summer is here! Yes, it's true, the end of classes marks the unofficial beginning of summer for school children and their parents. But there's still a lot to learn about the warmest season of the year!
Summer comes from the ancient root sem, meaning “summer.” Foreign words for summer derived from the same root include samhradh (Gaelic), sommer (German, Danish), sommar (Swedish) and zomer (Dutch).
The word summer can be used
You should capitalize the word summer
Always lowercase the word summer when it is used as a common noun:
We are spending the summer at the cottage.
dog days of summer
the hottest days of the summer season (occurring in July and August in the northern hemisphere); so named because ancient peoples connected this weather with Sirius, the ''dog star'' in the constellation Canis Major (Great Dog)
a period of unusually dry, warm weather in mid-fall (especially October or November); formerly called St. Martin's summer in England
the feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24; formerly one of the four official quarter days that divided the English year into quarters (The others were Lady Day, March 25; Michaelmas, September 29; and Christmas, December 25.)
pass like a summer cloud; be fleeting as a summer cloud
the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, occurring around June 21 in the northern hemisphere
a triangle formed by the bright stars Altair, Deneb and Vega; seen overhead at midnight during summer in the northern hemisphere
One swallow doesn’t make a summer.
One good event doesn't guarantee a continuing trend.
“When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say, 'We are going to have a summer shower.'” —Sir John A. Macdonald
Our first prime minister's colourful way of telling us to make lemonade out of life's lemons!