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Summer Grammarphobia

Vacation, lemonade, air-conditioning…. Ever wonder the origins of the words we use during the summertime? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Patricia O’Conner, author of “Woe is I” about summer grammar. We welcome your grammar pet peeves and questions this hour on Focus!

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(Duration: 52:20)

a child doing a cannonball at Sholem Aquatic Center

a child doing a cannonball at Sholem Aquatic Center Photo Courtesy of Champaign Park District

The dog days of summer are here…especially judging by last week’s 90 degree weather. But wait, “dog days?” Does anybody really know what that means and where the expression came from? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Patricia O’Conner, language blogger, and author of several books about grammar including “Woe is I” and “Words Fail Me” about some of the history behind the words and expressions we use during summer. Whether you’ve been stressing about wearing or shopping for that new bikini, we’ll find out why we call them bikinis in the first place and will also talk about where the English language gets words like “pool,” “sunburn” and “vacation.”