American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.
- The sense of a persistent optimist comes from the name of the protagonist in a book by Eleanor Porter. (Wiktionary)
- After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American writer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Before reading the book, I didn't realize it existed, and I agree, the meaning of pollyanna strays from the behavior of Pollyanna in the book.”
“PollyANna!" gasped the lady; but Pollyanna was gone, and only the distant bang of the attic-stairway door answered for her.”
“Maybe it's a cop-out, but Pollyanna is the perfect antidote, at times, to my troubled world vision.”
“But he is completely out of touch with reality and completely stuck in Pollyanna land, suggesting that we need to stay in Iraq indefinitely and that things are going so well”
“Of course, this could all just be my friggin 'Pollyanna complex kicking in, and I'm just trying to find a bright side ... posted by Candace at 11/23/2005 11: 38: 00 PM”
“But, at the risk of being called a Pollyanna, let me give you the good news.”
“Several times I've been called a Pollyanna, and I say, "Well, if I am, I'm proud of it.”
“I don't mean this as some sort of a "Pollyanna" platitude, but as a serious reflection on our world and who we are becoming at this particular time in human history.”
“Sure, this sounds like 'Pollyanna' ... but what will it hurt to dedicate one part of ourselves to getting better, smarter, faster ... kinder, stronger, wiser ... each day, even as we nurse whatever failures, fears or faults we choose to continue to acknowledge?”
“Nowadays, "Pollyanna" has morphed into a term meaning someone who has a superficial, naïve, rose-colored-glasses view of the world.”
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