Out of the blue, she mentioned that Tom was going to be in town.
Out of the blue, I got a phone call from my brother.
That phone call came from out of the blue.
Out of the blue, she said she was pregnant.
I have decided that it would be useful to ESL learners for them to learn some idioms and popular sayings. Please feel free to post one or more yourself.
May I suggest we open a new forum "Idioms and Sayings" where teachers and ESL learners can post idioms and sayings, definitions, and examples. and where we can have our writings edited. We learn new idoms and sayings and grammar.
Eventually, we can have these idioms and saying indexed. Here are my three examples:
1. (As) sick as a dog.
Origin: Proverbs 26:11 “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Example: “Linda, Brian is on the phone, he is asking if you are going to the Sunday school?” “Mom, please tell him it is something I ate at the party last night; I am sick as a dog, I can’t make it.”
2. Tie the knots.
Example: Statistics shows couples tied the knots in church stay together longer and the divorce rate among them is lower.
3. A blessing in disguise.
A bad happening with a good ending.
Example: Attending a divinity college and vowing to serve God after his graduation, my son said having been laid off from his high paying engineering job two years ago was a blessing in disguise.