Catch Word #74 – Out of the blue

Sometimes life is unpredictable and things happen out of the blue. Sometimes people say things that seem to come from out of nowhere. In situations like this you might react by saying, Where did that come from?, or I didn’t see that coming. You can prepare for what to say in English when something unexpected or surprising happens by listening to this episode!


Expressions included in the learning materialssurprise

  • To go bankrupt
  • To get laid off
  • out of the blue
  • out of left field
  • To not see something coming
  • To come out of the blue
  • out of nowhere
  • doing the dishes
  • chill and chill out
  • Chillax
  • Where did that come from?
  • snippy
  • to throw someone for a loop
  • throws you for a loop
  • A train of thought
  • To be engaged

Sample transcript

Harp: So when something is unexpected or it’s surprising, you could say that it’s out of the blue.
Jessie:  Right. So if you can imagine that you’re looking up at a clear blue sky and then suddenly a big lightning bolt crashes down right in front of you. So that’s very surprising, maybe if the sky had been cloudy or if the weather had been really stormy, lightning wouldn’t have been so surprising, but this lightening bolt came from nowhere. It came from out of the blue.
Harp: Yeah, the blue sky.
Jessie: Exactly. And this expression can be used whether it’s something good that surprises you or something bad. So for instance, my sister just called me and told me that she’s engaged, and that news really came completely from out of the blue because I didn’t even know she was dating someone.
Harp: You didn’t know your sister was dating someone and now she’s engaged.
Jessie: Right, it just came out of the blue.