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6 comments on this post.
  1. Talia:

    Mojo is also thought to be related to the Kongo word “mooyo” (this is the usual etymology one finds when studying hoodoo and conjure. The book “Conjure in African American Society” is one reference I can give off the top of my head. )

  2. Flora:

    Mojo does not mean “magic”. You do not believe Christianity at its core means “magic” with all its talk of “miracles” etc.

    You’re not in a place to speak about what it means at its core. You can only rely on the interpretation of your peers, all of them eurocentrist in their paradigm.

    You obviously won’t publish this comment, but maybe it’ll educate you if only for a moment. Mojo is a system of beliefs.

  3. Michael Lindenmaier:

    This is an excellent and original explanation of the word “mojo” as it appears in many connotations of American slang. Thanks again for the humorous yet relevant word analysis.

  4. James Leonard:

    Mojo > Mo’ Jo > Mo’ Joe > Mo(re) Joe > More coffee please

    Cup of Joe Origin. Here are the three leading theories on the origins of the term “Cup of Joe”. Secretary of the Navy in 1913, Josephus Daniels, prohibited alcohol aboard naval vessels leading to more coffee consumption. It’s a shortened version of two other slang terms for coffee: java and jamoke..

  5. skaizun:

    It was also an acronym for MOther JOnes magazine, which was named after its founder, Mary Jones, who was known by that titular name (the mag is still in publication). The social-based magazine was a favorite of hipsters of the 70s. Although the word “mojo” was in use, long before then, many rock and rollers of that era knew only of the magazine.

  6. Dolly Lamar:

    Distinction without a difference

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