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Fun Fact June 23, 2021.
It came out of the blue! But where did that idiom come from? The phrase out of the blue means without warning and completely unexpected. It is from a bolt out of, also from, the blue, describing a sudden and unexpected event, a complete surprise, with reference to the unlikelihood of a clap of thunder or a bolt of lightening coming from a clear blue sky. For example, The London Standard newspaper had the following on August 26, 1863: “Murder now rises up before us, gaunt and unmitigated, in a circle where all seemed lovely, virtuous, and peaceful. This is verily ‘a bolt out of the blue’—the lightning flash in a sunny sky.” Which brings me to a dad joke I saw recently; I just found out I’m color blind. I’ve got to tell you, that news came out of the purple!