One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An excessively cheerful or optimistic person.‘what I am saying makes me sound like some ageing Pollyanna who just wants to pretend that all is sweetness and light’
- ‘The Pollyannas and ostriches who advocate open borders want Congress to believe three things about their pending Social Security agreement with Mexico-all of which are false.’
- ‘But that definition blunts the refreshing insight - that Pollyannas are often ludicrous opportunists - of George DuMaurier's classic cartoon.’
- ‘Maybe, I'm just a middle-aged Pollyanna, but that isn't the world I see.’
- ‘Ok, all you open-borders Pollyannas on both the left and right.’
- ‘These resilient folks are commonly called optimists but if that term conjures up images of carefree Pollyannas, a psychological definition may surprise you.’
- ‘I'm not being romantic; I'm not being a Pollyanna about it.’
- ‘The rallying dollar, sinking crude, and surging financial stocks do today create a rather inspiring backdrop for the optimists and Pollyannas.’
- ‘And I don't want to be a Pollyanna but it's not impossible all these changes that we are now seeing in the Middle East might some day make that more possible.’
- ‘Does this mean that we all should be brainless Pollyannas, cheerfully accepting whatever comes down the line?’
- ‘Perhaps I am being a Pollyanna but my impression is that the new editor of the New York Times is trying to swing the paper back closer to middle ground.’
- ‘Yet she is never a Pollyanna, eager to use the amazing accomplishment of her formal acumen to distract us from what she observes.’
- ‘Nor do I intend to be a Pollyanna (another word that may appear gender-biased).’
- ‘Yet, with each passing week, there are ever more reasons for those following the club to become Pollyannas of the first order.’
- ‘Those whose cup is half full are the world's optimists, the Pollyannas and the kind of people to be avoided at all costs, particularly at parties.’
- ‘It was opposed by immigration Pollyannas on the left and right.’
- ‘I don't want to go back to retail - I'm not that much of a Pollyanna - but I do want to connect with more people.’
- ‘You don't have to be a Pollyanna to think positively.’
- ‘Insofar as this is self-delusion rather than outright deceit, he is a Pollyanna.’
- ‘I'm a terrible Pollyanna and have had bad things happen that I always seem able to put a good spin on - it gets almost tedious for some people around me.’
- ‘My inner Pollyanna can be quite the jargon-spewing tub-thumper when she wants to be.’
Early 20th century: the name of the optimistic heroine created by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868–1920), American author of children's stories.
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