Geary's Daily Sonrisa (sp. Smile)
Friday, July 31, 2015
With Bob on vacation I though I’d jump in with some celestial stuff, actually a bit closer than any star. I’m talking about the Blue Moon tonight.
"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.
So endity Blue Moon 101