Definition: Estivate (pronounced: 'es-ti-vAt); Latin; verb
1. To be inactive or asleep through the summer's heat and then come awake and alive in the winter.
Why I love this word:
I am so pleasantly surprised to have found a word that describes how I feel during the different seasons. I have lived in Southern California my entire life, and honestly I still haven't gotten used to the dry heat, and I'm sort of over the hot, sunny days. I crave for the days that rain here or if there's a thick fog, it literally feels like I'm in heaven. It's not only the levels of happiness that fluctuate between the seasons, it's my level of productivity too. I usually get so much work accomplished when it's cold. During the summer, all I want to do is sleep because it's too hot to do anything else. I keep telling my parents we need to move somewhere colder, nicer, and far away from a city. If I had a choice, I'd be living in somewhere like Oregon by now. But until that actually happens, Downtown LA will have to suffice.
Photograph by Jordan Voth