They say that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year! Here are some English phrases with BLUE in them. Yes, they really do say that on the third Monday in January people are more likely to feel blue (to feel depressed, to feel down) due to the fact that (because) the Christmas and New Year holidays are well and truly (completely) over. We have returned to work, we have nothing to look forward to in the short term (in the near future) AND you still have to wait approximately (about) two weeks to get paid!
You can add to this quite long list the fact that you are probably in debt (owe a lot of money on your credit card) you have to return those presents you did not really like. And yes, the bills you did not pay before Christmas really have to be paid now. Ugh (terrible). So there are many reasons for feeling down (depressed or sad) on a Monday particularly in January but do not worry by the time you read this, January will be a distant memory (almost forgotten) I hope!
English Phrases with Blue in Them
1. MONDAY BLUES
that terrible feeling when you switch off the alarm on a Monday morning and realise the weekend is over
Most Mondays are depressing in some way. That is why we refer to it generally as the Monday Morning Blues.
ex. Most of employees feel less motivated and always have Monday blues.
2. (HAVE) BLUE BLOOD
we can use this expression when we refer to aristocrats (people perhaps from a wealthy background or from a monarchy).
ex. He left everyone in a belief that he was of a blue blood.
3. BLUE CHIP STOCKS
reliable safe investments.
When we make investments we often try to invest in blue chip stocks. So if we want to take a risk but not a big risk then blue chip stocks (Coca Cola or BP or Proctor & Gamble) are often recommended.
ex. One of the reasons to start investing in blue chip stocks is because of the income, or dividends they pay out.
4. TILL I’M BLUE IN THE FACE
This is used to describe a certain amount of frustration or annoyance when you did or had to do something many times.
ex. If she thought she was in the right she’d argue till she was blue in the face.
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5. RUNNING AROUND LIKE A BLUE ARSED FLY
The fly it refers to is the blue bottle, a big horrible fly that buzzes around your room until you either kill it or it escapes. We use this expression to say that we are/were very busy doing lots of different things in a short space of time.
8. ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
The next time you wake up on a Monday with that Monday Blue feeling remember, it is only a day of 24 hours like every other day and perhaps not so bad after all. So I hope your Mondays continue to be short and your coffee strong!
New English Vocabulary Words
to feel blue – to feel sad, to feel down, to be depressed
due to the fact – because
well and truly – completely
in the short term – in the near future
to be in debt – to owe a lot of money usually on your credit card
approximately – about
ugh – terrible
to feel down – to feel depressed or sad
distant memory – almost forgotten
chores – housework
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There are lots of songs that include the word BLUE in the title and the reference is definitely depressing and sad.
For example, “When I’m feeling blue all I have to do” (Phil Collins)
or “I guess that’s why they call it the blues” (Elton John)
But they are not always sad and some of them are a lot more upbeat (exciting and happy) such as “Blue Suede Shoes” (Elvis)