Opposite Day / Journée du contraire
Opposite Day is the worst day for not saying anything to the people far away from you. You can’t have fun today, as nothing is allowed and nobody wants to have fun with you. Of course, on Opposite day, all of that means the opposite! It’s the best day to talking to the people close to you, having fun is the absolute most important thing you can do, and everyone is going to want in on it! Opposite Day may be infuriating for some, but it can be the best (worst?) fun you’ll have all year!
History of Opposite Day
Opposite Day is particularly popular among children, who enjoy the kind of absurdity that can happen when everything you say is backwards. This kind of thing can open the mind to some incredibly diverse ways of thinking, and its stimulating trying to keep up with everyone saying the opposite of what they actually mean. The more cynical of us may wonder how this is any different from the rest of the year.
Opposite day requires mental dexterity, a quick wit, and the ability to pick words we may not use every day out of the cobwebbed recesses of our brain. Not only that, but some of the things we may be overheard saying to our friends and coworkers may be nothing short of outrageous! Be careful though, you want to make sure the people you’re talking to know its opposite day, or you may wind up hurting someone’s feelings.
Opposite day has shown up in a lot of different forms of media, from Spongebob Squarepants, where Spongebob uses the nature of the day to try to prevent his neighbors from stopping the sale of his house, to the Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy where they celebrated the madness of this very special day, and tried to remain sane through it all!
How to Celebrate Opposite Day
It starts with revving your brain up to be ready for a day of opposite sayings! When you like something say how much you hate it. Tell someone how delicious something with a bitter face, and then spit it out. There are millions of ways you can twist your tongue around words that are antonyms of what you mean! You can tell people what a nice night it is when you actually mean what a nice day it is, and tell them that you’ll see them yesterday when you leave for the night! Opposite Day is a terrible.. I mean great… I mean terrible time for everyone!
Même si les contraires font partie du langage quotidien, leur apprentissage n’est pas simple. De fait, pour comprendre que 2 mots s’opposent, votre enfant doit tout d’abord être capable de comparer les objets auxquels ces mots correspondent.
Ainsi, lorsque vous comparez les caractéristiques de 2 objets, vous aidez votre enfant à mieux comprendre la notion de contraire, par exemple : « La poupée est petite et l’ourson, lui, est gros. » Les activités du quotidien sont d’ailleurs un excellent moyen de faire découvrir les contraires à votre enfant.