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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

Who first said the phrase..."Once in a blue Moon"?

I'm not sure who first said this, but i sure know there is never a blue moon, well i've never seen one, and that this metaphor describing something that rarely/ never happens...is used quite often....but do you know where this phrase came from, and who was the first to say it?.........

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  • guRl
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    1 decade ago
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    Once in a Blue Moon

    "Blue moon" appears to have been a colloquial expression long before it developed its calendrical senses. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

    If they say the moon is blue,

    We must believe that it is true.

    Saying the moon was blue was equivalent to saying the moon was made of green (or cream) cheese; it indicated an obvious absurdity. In the 19th century, the phrase until a blue moon developed, meaning "never." The phrase, once in a blue moon today has come to mean "every now and then" or "rarely"—whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains uncertain.

  • 1 decade ago

    The blue moon

  • 1 decade ago

    .................. HISTORY IS EXPLAINED TO YOU .................... every 10 -14 years you get 2 full moons a month ............. second full moon is called blue moon ...................

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