Tracing the usage of words that convey six moods (joy, surprise, anger, sadness, fear, disgust), the authors found that in general, words that indicate mood have decreased over time — except fear, a mood that has been enjoying a resurgence since the 1970s. Usage of words that indicate positive and negative emotions also corresponded to larger historical trends. There was an increase in joy during the roaring ’20s and the swinging ’60s, for example, but a drop toward sadness in during World War II.

American English Has Become Way More Emotional Than British English | Popular Science

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