Pollyanna

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The sense of a persistent optimist comes from the name of the protagonist in a book by Eleanor Porter.

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Pollyanna

  1. A female given name derived from Polly and Anna; rare in the real world.

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Pollyanna (plural Pollyannas)

  1. One who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so.
    You call her an optimist, but I call her an obnoxious Pollyanna.
  2. (colloquial, US, Southeastern Pennsylvania) A secret Santa gift exchange.

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