It happened out of the blue!

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out of the blueSometimes 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!

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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.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

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

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Culips ESL Podcast

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