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Saturday, August 07, 2010

mojo

\MOH-joh\ , noun;
1.
Personal magnetism; charm.
2.
The art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.
3.
An object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.
4.
Good luck or favor concerning an event or individual.
Quotes:
"Where's my beautiful fiancé?" Alex asked. "In here bragging about how she worked her mojo on you."
-- Shonda Cheekes, Another Man's Wife: A Novel
Another reason this job should be entered into with great caution is that Simon Cowell is taking his not insignificant mojo elsewhere.
-- Linda Holmes, "Dear Donald Trump And Other Theoretical Successors To Simon Cowell," Monkey See blog, NPR, July 2010.
Origin:
Mojo comes from moco, "witchcraft," a word in the Gullah dialect. The Gullah are African-Americans who now live in parts of South Carolina and Florida and preserved a greater amount of their African heritage. They speak a creole that uniquely incorporates a great deal of African grammar and loanwords.
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