Pronounced: what-uh-BOUT-uhr-ee, noun
Notes: This word makes me laugh… a bit. Most of us have experienced whataboutery
The word Panglossian means “having extreme optimism, despite ongoing hardship, difficulty, or adversity”
Our word came into English in the mid-1800s
Background / Comments
I thought for sure I would know this, since I recognized pan as “every” or “all”, and glossia as “tongue” (“language” by extension). So, I thought it would be someone who spoke a lot of languages — also known as a polyglot. So, I was surprised to read the definition to see how far off I was. This was the name of a character (Pangloss) in a play (Candide) by Voltaire who was optimistic (the character, not Voltaire). The upper case of this word should have been a clue to me… but it wouldn’t have helped to define it. I can take some consolation in that I correctly parsed the word. There is a Greek word – panglossía, which means “wordiness; garrulousness”, which does come from the two words I noted above. Someone who is “all tongue” would be wordy, indeed!