Language is constantly evolving, and the phenomenon of positive phrases, such as “good vibes” has gained traction. Preply conducted a survey to explore Americans‘ favorite positive phrases, and ones they find too cringey to use, writes Matt Zajechowski.
A whopping 79 percent of respondents believed in the mood-enhancing power of positive phrases. While some may decorate their home with these expressions, most Americans prefer to use them in social media or casual conversations with friends.
Among the most optimistic phrases to Americans are “the best is yet to come,” “life is good,” and “you got this.” Meanwhile, “it is what it is,” “you are enough,” and “good vibes,” are considered the the most calming phrases.
Music also plays a role in the power of positivity. Kelly Clarkson’s lyric “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was celebrated as the most optimistic contemporary musical lyric.
The survey also highlighted colloquialisms or “slang favorites,” in American discourse that resonated the most with respondents. “Keep calm and carry on,” a British wartime slogan turned meme reigned as the top phrase Americans connected the most with.
Other slang phrases included “wholesome,” “mood,” “in my _____ era,” and “it’s giving ____,”. However, phrases like “Live, laugh, love” and the adaptable “this Barbie is _____” didn’t fare as well and are considered some of the most annoying positive slang phrases.
The dynamic nature of language offers a unique window into the collective psyche of American culture. As trends come and go, certain phrases stand the test of time.
Read more about the influence of positive phrases in American culture in Preply.
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