Here are a few sayings and idioms that are often used, and their opposites.
We also go into a bit of sarcasm, which is often used as well. Sarcasm is a type of humor that is often opposite in meaning to the reality and is used everyday – especially between friends.
You may have heard the saying“Clear as crystal”, “crystal clear”, or “clear as day”, and these mean you understand or comprehend something well, however the opposite of this is “Clear as mud!”, and this means you have no idea what is being explained or you do not understand the thing being discussed at all.
Next we have“This thing weighs a ton!”, which is often used when we are carrying something heavy like a box or even if it is something small but is heavier than it appears to be – like my mums handbag for example.
The opposite of this would be“It is lighter than a feather!” – a new laptop or cell phone would be an example of this as these days those gadgets are very light.
And, we also have “The best of both worlds”, which means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.
The opposite of this is“Miss the boat”, which means when someone has missed their opportunity to do something (they missed their boat).
Next up, the weather, which we often use a bit of sarcasm with.
Often when we meet up with friends and it is a nice sunny day, we might say “Terrible weather we are having isn’t it?” was a sort of joke, and vice versa if it is horrible rainy day wee often say “beautiful weather today isn’t it?”
Next up, “Fat chance” – This is used sarcastically to mean a very slim chance.
Next. we have “I could care less”, which is used sarcastically to mean I couldn’t care less and and “I couldn’t care less” means it would be impossible to care less than I care, because I care so little.
“That takes the cake” – used sarcastically to mean that’s the worst. (Originally to “take the cake” meant to win a cake as a prize in a contest.)
“That leaves a lot to be desired” is next, and depending on who uses it can mean a lot to be desired or very little that is desirable.
Lastly we have “A snowball’s chance in hell” which means something is near impossible. This is because hell is supposed to be very hot and if a snowball was there, it would have no chance because it would melt.
座右の銘は「Never be afraid to always try new things and places, and enjoy life to its fullest.」