Showing posts from August, 2012

Once in a blue moon

My cousin lives in the States so I only see him once in a blue moon.

A: Do you like brandy? B: Once in a blue moon I'll have one.

I don't know why I bought this shirt. It was so expensive and I just wear it once in a blue moon.

What does this idiomatic expression mean?

Answer: rarely, not very often

What is a blue moon?

I discovered the answer just this week. While on holiday around Cádiz, I'd look up into the sky each night and wonder at all the stars (you never really see them when you are stuck in Madrid). I noticed then how rapidly the moon was changing into its full form. Not only that; to me the progress of change didn't seem uniform. So I reached for the ipad to learn something about that white light in the sky.

I didn't find out if or why the pace of change isn't uniform but I read the news about the blue moon.

A blue moon is the second full moon of a calendar month. If you look up at the sky tonight, you will see one. The first full moon was on 1st …