Why Do We Say ‘Out Of The Blue’ And ‘Once In A Blue Moon’?

Even though these 2 English idioms have completely different meanings, they do have something in common: they both use the word blue and If you are curious as i am, i’m pretty sure you’ve wondered many times about where these phrases come from.

Well, wonder no more. We opened up our beloved Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms and we have the answer for you.

Here’s the origin of each idiom. (the article continues after the ad)

Out of the blue

Out of the blue is used when something happens unexpectedly or without warning. But from where does it originate? Well, the phrase refers to a blue, clear sky from which nothing unusual is expected (such as a thunderstorm).

Once in a blue moon

This idiom is used when we refer to something that happens very rarely; practically never. The color blue was an arbitrary choice in this phrase. To say that the moon is blue is recorded in the 16th century as a way of indicating that something could simply, not be true (as the moon will never be blue).

However, a different explanation is given by The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy dictionary which states that the phrase refers to the second full moon within a calendarmonth, a phenomenon that happens only once about every around 32 months.

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Sources: Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms | The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

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