Twisted Panglossia

Dave Benjamin ramen at lackingtalent.com
Thu Jun 5 23:30:16 CEST 2003


In article <Z2ODa.4570$IR1.540856 at news20.bellglobal.com>, Sean Ross wrote:
>> A search for "Pollyannaishness" on Google returns 3 results. Merriam
>> Webster offers no definition. Care to elucidate this obfuscation? =)
>>
> Pollyanna
> SYLLABICATION: Pol·ly·an·na
> NOUN: A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.
> ETYMOLOGY: After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, by Eleanor Hodgman
> Porter (1868-1920), American writer.
> 
> from uk.culture.language.english
> "Eleanor Porter's "Pollyanna" describes a sentimental optimist."
> 
> "A wide-eyed (meaning naive or child-like) optimist"

Thanks. ;)
Dave




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