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An increasingly relevant wordplay on the cliché "cautiously optimistic". As the world continues in free fall, its much more realistic to expect negative outcomes. Therefore, its much more pragmatic to maintain a cautiously pessimistic demeanor, rather than a cautiously optimistic one.
My cat is always cautiously pessimistic when inspecting anything new that I bring into the house.
by ChimneySweepGreg August 10, 2012
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