Pollyanna

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Pollyanna

the “glad child,” extraordinarily optimistic. [Children’s Lit.: Pollyanna]

Pollyanna

always finds something to be glad about. [Am. Lit.: Pollyanna; Am. Cinema: Pollyanna in Disney Films, 170–172]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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My remarks are not Pollyannish. Public education has serious problems in the inner cities, and I don't ignore that.
Hispanic theologians may seem unduly Pollyannish. When the liberation theology rhetoric prevails in their presentations, their respective characterizations or U.S.
The editors have not taken a completely Pollyannish approach to their subject of interest, however.
The problem with this debate is these Pollyannish arguments get a mass audience -- Newsweek made Samuelson's book a cover story -- while disagreeing observers and analysts of equal or superior credentials are limited to smaller audiences.
A totally pollyannish view of future organ supply chives the "experimental development" argument.
In some parts, the tone is Pollyannish; in others, a bit Pecksniffian.
But the closer the real trend gets to the worst-case projections, the more my lukewarmism will look Pollyannish and require substantial reassessment.
"It might sound Pollyannish, and we'll never get them back in the numbers they once were, but if you stumble upon a show that works, they may return."
Without being Pollyannish, I must express my own view that under the circumstances the military justice system worked remarkably well at Son Thang -- especially when one considers that the Military Justice Act of 1968 had made major changes in the system only a few months before the Son Thang killings and that those changes were still being assimilated.
The Coalinga public library is 92 miles from The Bee Building, and to contend the evening was worth the drive would be a bit Pollyannish. However, it wasn't all bad: I met three citizens who frequently square off against the town council and had never been utilized as dissident sources by Bee reporters.
But the social consequences of a group's success are more convoluted and remorselessly perverse than this pollyannish lesson suggests.