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Saturday, August 06, 2011

moxie

\MOK-see\ , noun;
1.
Vigor; verve; pep.
2.
Courage and aggressiveness.
3.
Skill; know-how.
Quotes:
I'm just wondering what it's like to be a young, attractive, female FBI agent who's smarter and got more moxie than most of the men around her.
-- Barry Eisler, Inside Out
"You've got moxie, dear," she said to Delores in a thin voice.
-- Betsy Carter, Swim To Me
Origin:
Moxie enters common speech from the 1908 Moxie, a trademark name registered 1924 for a bitter non-alcoholic beverage; it was used as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve," and it is perhaps ultimately from a New England tribal word.
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