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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

We all know that to hibernate means to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state.  It’s rooted in Latin hiburnare, meaning “to spend the winter”.

Ol’ Robbo found himself musing this afternoon that there ought to be an equivalent for this time of year, as this sticky, sultry heat invariably sends me into a torpor.  And by golly, there is:  Estivate.  (The Latin noun for summah is aestas.)

What a language!

UPDATE: My various teachers always insisted that using a new word in context is critical to understanding its meaning. Thus:  “Ol’ Robbo estivated for the summah in his basement study, provisioned with a large pitcher of G&T’s and the Aubrey/Maturin series of Patrick O’Brian, and did not reemerge from his restful hiding until the first cool fronts of early September announced the impending change in seasons from summah to fall.”

If only.

Well, I was going to commit a few random thoughts and observations to pixels here, but all that research seems to have drained my powers, so I’ll just let it go at that for now.

(Here’s hoping the thunderstorms and cool front being promised for tonight and tomorrow aren’t just a lie being made up by Big Weather to raise and then dash my hopes for at least a day’s relief.)

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