What a Blue Moon Really is and How the Expression “Once in a Blue Moon” Came About

September 3, 2015
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What a Blue Moon Really is and How the Expression “Once in a Blue Moon” Came About

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The first known recorded use of a form of the phrase is in an anti-clerical pamphlet published in 1528 by William Roy and Jeremy Barlowe. In a conversation between two characters, one says, “Yf they say the mone is blewe/We must believe that it is true.” It appears to be a reference to priests at the time making statements and expecting the average person to b...

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