I'm trying to explain to a Chinese penpal that certain word and phrases in English carry a negative connotation and so shouldn't be used in specific situations.
I want to say "that phrase is very negative" (as in lacking in optimism or positivity). Google translate gives the word
消极, but looking 消极 up in a Chinese to English dictionary tells me it means "passive", which isn't at all what I'm going for.
What's the right word to use?