Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Some Words are more Augusty than others....

Word of the Day

aestival \ES-tuh-vuhl\, adjective:
Of or belonging to the summer; as, aestival diseases. [Spelled also estival.]

Far to the north and hemmed in against the Russian Bear, it is easy to overlook this land of lakes, forests, and aestival white nights.
-- [i.e. Finland]
You generally get true summer in August: this year it has been unusually æstival.
-- M. Collins

From the Latin æstas, summer. Also from æstas:

Vancouver has been very aestival for weeks - warm, sunny and bright. This week there is welcome rain and cool - less aestival, but welcome. My first-born, daughter and heir has been enjoying the Beijing Olympics, but she has managed to infect me with some viral computer worm - so computer time is limited during this aestival season........ pray to the anti-virus geniuses to fix me up soon!

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