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Is there really no such word as positivity?

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Scootergrrrl Wed 09-Jul-08 15:00:32

My spellcheck won't recognise it and if there is indeed no such word, what should I use instead? I'm writing an article which contains the sentence "it takes a special kind of positivity to..." etc etc.

SubRosa Wed 09-Jul-08 15:04:44

According to the OED, positivity is:

"The quality, character, or fact of being positive (in various senses); positiveness."

'Positiveness' would probably be more suitable, but it sounds a little clumsy. Hopefully, a more intelligent pedant will be along soon

hana Wed 09-Jul-08 15:05:47

positivity just sounds made up, even if it isn't.

AllFallDown Wed 09-Jul-08 15:51:58

Spellcheck programs aren't dictionaries. Always check with a dictionary if you are uncertain about the spellcheck's query of a word. Positivity is fine, although the sentence you're writing does seem to be a bit - I'm sorry — new agey bollocks. Is there not some way to reword it? "It takes an especially positive outlook to ..." or something. Your wording means there are many different kinds of positivity, but only one of them is suitable for whatever is that follows "to".

claricebeansmum Wed 09-Jul-08 15:53:26

Sounds made up like something George Dubbya would say

Scootergrrrl Wed 09-Jul-08 17:26:28

AllFallDown - I like that much better. Thanks.

beansprout Wed 09-Jul-08 17:27:23

There are far too many "ivity" words around these days and yes, they do sound as if they have been made up!

asicsgirl Mon 14-Jul-08 19:48:48

spellchecks know nothing imho. i keep having to teach mine words! and i can spell for england grin

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