Opposite Day

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This article is about the game. For the 2009 comedy film, see Opposite Day (film). For the parliamentary mechanism, see Opposition day.

Opposite Day is an unofficial holiday, that is generally observed whenever it is declared, where every action is modified so that meaning is negated. Once Opposite Day is declared, statements mean the opposite of what they usually mean. Usually, a person would say, "After this phrase is over, it will officially be opposite day," and then Opposite Day will be officially started. Opposite Day can also be declared retroactively to indicate that what was just asserted had the opposite meaning of what was originally intended (similar to the practice of crossed fingers to automatically nullify promises). Play has been compared to a children's "philosophy course",[1] and the game has been used as an educational aid and suggested as preparation for "standardized testing".[citation needed]

Use in media[edit]

Opposite Day around the world: in Australia Opposite Day is celebrated on 4 April, while in the United Kingdom it is observed on 23 June. However, other dates may be noted as Opposite Day by some groups or communities. Opposite Days in Filipino Schools in UAE are every Thursday[citation needed]


  1. ^ Shelton, Sandi Kahn (2001). Preschool Confidential. Macmillan. pp. 232–234. ISBN 9780312254582. 
  2. ^ Lindsey, Brooklyn E. (2011). Opposite Day: Upside-Down Questions to Keep Students Talking and Listening. Zondervan. p. 69. ISBN 9780310574170. 
  3. ^ "'Grim & Evil' Opposite Day/Emotional Skarr/Look Alive! (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production Of Eggs". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Opposite Day. Publications International, Limited. 2011. ISBN 9781412745673. 
  6. ^ "Opposite Day (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cyanide & Happiness 'Opposite Day'". Cyanide & Happiness. Retrieved August 21, 2014.