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    incurable optimist

    Would you please expain in some more detail what incurable optimist can be? It is the common example of the word incurable meaning unalterable in disposition or habits

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    Re: incurable optimist

    Somebody who's overly optimistic to the point it becomes irritating or unrealistic.

    No matter what you might say to them or how you point out the reality of the situation, they refuse to accept that the situation can't turn out favorably.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: incurable optimist

    It doesn't have to be negative. You can address someone who is extremely optimistic as incurable optimist.

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    Re: incurable optimist

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    It doesn't have to be negative. You can address someone who is extremely optimistic as incurable optimist.
    Andrew would you please explain how you use the verb address above. I looked at the definitions but I cannot understand it. Might you mean call or refer to instead of address?

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    Re: incurable optimist

    Yes - you've got it.

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    Re: incurable optimist

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes - you've got it.
    But if so dictionaries do not include them as synonyms.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/address 2.1 Address someone as.

    Here is call and term but not refer to https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=address

    Call
    is O.K but I am not sure if refer to?

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    Re: incurable optimist

    address

    vb (transitive)
    • to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
    • to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
    (Collins)

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    Re: incurable optimist

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You can address someone who is extremely optimistic as incurable optimist.

    That sentence does not work for me. I would say:

    You can call someone who is extremely optimistic an incurable optimist.
    You can refer to someone who is extremely optimistic as an incurable optimist.
    Do you mean the sentence does not make sense to me? If not, would you please explain your use of verb work?

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    Re: incurable optimist

    I am still confused. Address means speak to, call, refer to. Does address mean term/name here? Let's compare these two.

    1) You can address someone who is extremely optimistic as incurable optimist

    1 is like giving a name, not speak to they.

    2) When they address old friends they remember good memories.

    Isn't 2 is very different from 1? 2 is to speak of old friends.

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    Last edited by hhtt21; 09-Jul-2017 at 15:07.

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    Re: incurable optimist

    "Address" in my sentence means "to refer to".

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