English is an optimistic language, study suggests

An article from yesterday’s Live Science to think about today, from Wynne Parry, Senior Writer:

“When a team of scientists set out to evaluate the emotional significance of English words, they expected most would fall at the center of the scale, at neutral, while equal shares trailed out to the positive and negative ends of the spectrum.

That is not what they found, however: Instead, we appear to speak an optimistically biased language.

“I think it is a happy story,” said study researcher Chris Danforth, an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Vermont. “Fundamentally, we have this happy bias built into our language.”  Read the rest