Social Sciences

Why Do We Call Them The "Dog Days" Of Summer?

Ah, the dog days of summer—the most scorching, stifling time of year. Contrary to popular belief, calling them "dog days" has nothing to do with actual dogs. Instead, it goes back to one star in the sky. Hear the term's origin in the video below.

Why Is The Hottest Part of Summer Called The "Dog Days"?

The term is very, very old.

Why Do We Call It A "Crush"?

Hear the origin of this schoolyard term.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A crush is defined as: an intense but usually short-lived infatuation, or the object of such an infatuation. 00:06

  2. The slang use of "crush" first appears in a journal entry written in 1884. 01:14

  3. Linguist Warren Clements believes that "crush" was came from the word "mash" which was an offspring of the word "spoony". 01:51

Why Do People On CB Radios Say "Roger That"?

It's not a man's name. Find out the real reason.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Astronauts and HAM radio communicators say "Roger" as voice procedure. 00:14

  2. People would type "R" to denote that a telegraph has been received. 00:42

  3. The American army and navy formed an alphabet that assigns a word to every letter. 01:04

Written by Curiosity Staff December 2, 2016

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