[Ads-l] Optimist: The glass is half full. Pessimist: The glass is half empty

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 6 19:09:45 UTC 2022

Thanks for searching and sharing your discoveries, SG.

Stephen Goranson wrote:
> Not half-bad is not the half of it, but better. I don't know if this counts as a precursor. Maybe you saw it--given the GB sometimes-annoying practice of including similar words-- but did not mention. Several earlier texts have, more of less (fully?) an opimist (or optimism) means (being) willing to meet fortune or trouble (more than) half-way.
> SG

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