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    from the blue

    This is a headline: Usain summons a Bolt from the blue

    What does "from the blue" mean?

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    Re: from the blue

    That means something that happened unexpectedly.

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    Re: from the blue

    Click here to read about the common expression 'a bolt from the blue'.

    As Usain's surname is 'Bolt', the writer capitalises it to draw our attention to what he thinks is a clever pun.
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    Re: from the blue

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Thank you, everyone, for teaching me "A bolt from the blue."

    I had always thought that the only version was "A bold out of the blue."

    It's nice to learn that there are two ways to say that expression.

    I must confess that this discovery was a bolt out of the blue for me!

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    Re: from the blue

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post


    I had always thought that the only version was "A bol​t out of the blue."
    You will hear both in the UK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: from the blue

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I had always thought that the only version was "A bold out of the blue."
    Is that a typo?

    I must say that I'm also in the "out of the blue" camp; "from the blue" is new for me!
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    Re: from the blue

    That's probably because Jesse McCartney's immensely popular song 'When You Wish Upon a Star' (Disney's Pinocchio) used that version of the phrase as it was a better fit for the metre of the verse.

    Like a bolt out of the blue,
    Suddenly, it comes to you.
    When you wish upon a star
    Your dreams come true.

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