Ahh, anyone alive in the 80s remembers Whitney Houston’s pop tune, So Emotional. Well, apparently, it wasn’t just Whitney. All of America’s books post 1960 are that way.
Saw an article saying that US books published after 1960 use a lot more emotional words than British books published during the same period. It appears that we’re a very emotional bunch on this side of the pond.
The researchers speculated that the economic prosperity post war in the US (as opposed to the post-war recovery period experienced in Britain) may be the culprit. If you’re doing well financially, you have the luxury of emotion.
Interesting study and interesting thoughts. What do you think? Are we Americans more emotional in our writing than the Brits?