Ski6 and 'The Word of the Day'

Dog is a simple, short and handy word that is easy to say and memorable. It's one of the earliest words that young children try to pronounce. Dog would appear to be one of those monosyllabic, expressive terms that we are told originated along with many others from Old English, also referred to as the Anglo-Saxon language. Beyond that, the origin is apparently unknown (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/dog).

But what a rich flowering of diverse uses the word 'dog' has come to serve in everyday English. You could start with 'dog tired' and go on to "dog's breakfast." There are 'dogs of war' and 'dog days of summer.' The list, while not quite endless, is formidable.

Included in this list is Ski6's 'word of the day' - sundog.

And yes, it's a real thing. According to 'Sky and Telescope Magazine,' the term sundog is used to refer to "a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of our daytime star when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal platecrystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground (https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-resources/astronomy-questions-answers/why-are-sundogs-called-by-that-name/).
December sundogs (parhelia). Courtesy of NOAA

Pretty neat, yes? These meteorological phenomena, I would guess, take their name from reminding the viewer of a pair of andirons or firedogs, two iron devices that sit on either side of a fireplace holding up logs that are being burnt.

But Ski6 doesn't care about all this. He just likes to sit in the garden, soaking up the sun and watching the world go by.






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