• Pollyanna


    a person who is over optimistic

Translation


Pollyanna = der blinde Optimist, der unerschütterliche Optimist

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In the press


"We can't help accentuating the positive, according to researchers who have analyzed nearly two million articles in The New York Times as well as millions ... Researchers studying memory have found another example of the  POLLYANNA principle: People tend to recall events as more positive than they were"

New York Times

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Pollyanna
noun

- an excessively cheerful or optimistic person

Pollyannish

adjective

- to be overly optimistic

Pollyannaism

noun

- the philosophy of being overly optimistic.

Note: Most, but not all dictionaries capitalise Pollyanna.

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WORD ORIGIN

A Pollyanna is someone who is cheerfully optimistic and always maintains a generous attitude toward the motives of other people. It is also a negative term for a naïve optimist who always looks at the bright side of things even when a situation is obviously bad.

The word stems from the best-selling 1913 novel Pollyanna, written by Eleanor H. Potter, which became a children's classic. The title character is Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live with her wealthy but joyless Aunt Polly. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centres on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic attitude she learned from her father.

One Christmas, Pollyanna was hoping to get a doll in a surprise package from a local missionary. Instead, she only found a pair of crutches. Thinking about what her father always said, Pollyanna convinces herself that the crutches are a good thing because "I don't need them!"

Pollyanna is not the only literary character to have such a philosophy named after her. The philosopher and tutor in Voltaire’s Candide (1759) is an eternal optimist named Dr. Pangloss. One of his most famous lines in the book is, "All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." This gave English the adjective "Panglossian."

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SYNONYMS

(adjective)

Panglossian, rose-colored, roseate, rosy, sanguine

(idioms)

looking on the bright side, looking through rose-colored glasses

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PRACTICE OWAD TODAY

Say somthing like:

"We should not be POLLYANNA-ish about the challenges ahead, I'd like a plan B in case of falling sales."

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