With high summer returning today in the south of the UK, for some reason I started thinking about how the weather affects people’s vocabulary, thought processes and general demeanour. I’m sure we’re all aware that cold can have a direct effect on brain function and the speed at which we can complete tasks, as can extremes of heat. But as the weather improves does our use of words become freer, do we become laconic, lugubrious or laid back? Are we energised or enervated? Do we care or are we careworn? I think the answer comes in the catch-all of “it depends” and there are more factors to take into consideration than the weather….thank goodness.