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Idiom: Once in a blue moon

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Definition:

When we say that something happens once in a blue moon, what we mean is that it happens very rarely.

History of expression:

The 'moon' in this expression does, in fact, refer to the real moon when it is full.

There are generally three full moons in a season, although sometimes there may be four.

The third full moon visible on the rare occasions that there are four in a season is known as a 'blue moon'. But why blue?

The word derives from the Old English word 'belewe', which had two separate meanings. One of them was 'blue'. The other was 'betrayer'.

Many years ago, before the Gregorian calendar was reformed, the church used to calculate the date that Easter would take place that year on the cycle of the moon.

When a 'blue moon' appeared in the sky, the clergy needed to warn people that this did not represent the end of Lent and therefore bring an end to fasting, but was, in fact, a 'betrayer moon'!

Examples:

"Once in a blue moon I go to the cinema, only when there's a film I really, really want to see."

"I'm very careful about what I eat so it's only once in a blue moon I eat fast food."

''Because I live abroad, I get to see my parents once in a blue moon."

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Comments

Nice Idiom

Thanks to laundry I wash in hands once in a blue moon;)

Thank you for the Lesson!:)

Once in a blue moon

 1) I tell a lie once in a blue moon  :^o  Just keep it dark :$

 2) It would be really funny and strange if a person said ,''he takes a bath once in a blue moon ''.

:))

 Very nice explaination thanks a lot  

 

blue moon ..

i read a novel once in a blue moon...:P

thank you for the lesson ...:)

Blue moon ^^

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Blue moon ^^

Once in a blue moon, i watch horrible movies because i am scared to death watching this.

blue waiting...

i am late once in a blue moon.

i always have the right to be angry.

nice idiom

I love the food but once in a blue moon i cook 

blue moon

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 I adore this Idiom :) It

 I adore this Idiom :) It is my favourite one !

" I listen to rock music once in a blue moon''

once in a blue moon

 Once in a blue moon I go to see the snow ;D

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I stady hard once in a blue moon!

Once in a blue moon

I go out for parties once in a blue moon.