This Hubble Space Telescope image shows Sirius A, the brightest star in our nighttime sky, along with its faint, tiny stellar companion, Sirius B.
The dog days of summer are almost here, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Here are some tips:
- Neither dog days nor summer are capitalized. Never capitalize seasons.
- Dog Star is the nickname of the star Sirius. Both words in Dog Star are capitalized.
- The traditional dates of the dog days of summer are July 3 to Aug. 11, dates that coincide with the rising of Sirius.
- The dog days are also so named because they generally are the hottest, driest days of the year.
Does your newspaper subscribe to the “Smith said” rule that AP suggests? These days I see so much “said Smith” that AP’s preference seems archaic. I’ve also seen AP's rule inappropriately applied (i.e., in all cases), which leads to awkward sentences. For example: “I like bees,” Smith said, who’s a beekeeper. What do you think?