Scrooge or Pollyanna?
A Pollyanna, or an extreme optimist, and a Scrooge, or curmudgeon, may be as different as night and day, but one thing these nouns have in common is that they both come from characters in beloved books, made into popular movies.
Pollyanna Whittier is an orphan who goes to live with her stern Aunt Polly in Pollyanna, the 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter. Pollyanna’s positive attitude eventually gladdens the hearts of all the unhappy townspeople.
Ebenezer Scrooge is the cold-hearted miser in Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol. You may recall his favorite phrase: “Bah! Humbug!”
What other fictional characters had such unique personalities that their names became words in the English language? Read on!