How did the expression "a blue moon" originate? What does it mean?
Please explain in detail and add different ways in which this expressionis can be used.
When two full moons happen within one month, the second full moon is known as a 'blue moon'. This is a fairly rare event and so to denote something happening rarely, people say it happens once in a blue moon.
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Having researched this a bit further, my initial answer is not fully correct. A blue moon is the name given to the 3rd full moon in a season (e.g. Jan, Feb, Mar) where there will be 4 full moons. (So not always the second full moon in a month.)
From what I know, it is a phenomenon created by the atmosphere. Aparantly it occurs when dust from forest fires or volcanic eruptions in the atmosphere distort the color of the moon making it appear blue. I have not heard Kerdon's version. However, in the same way, sense it happens rarely the expression "Once in a blue moon" is used to refer to a rare incident.
Isn't it when a Smurf is born? I am kidding!! I grew up with Smurfs, and I couldn't resist. I wish I really new the answer. Sorry?
I read that NASA Scientist reported blue-colored moons are real. My mother loved the saying,"Once in a blue moon." When she asked her three girls if our rooms were clean---if we said yes---we could her say--"Once in a blue moon are they clean."
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