Don’t Lose Your Mojo *

Good morning! Rahul, a reader, was not very happy with what I had to say in Wednesday’s article. According to him, though, I say that one must respond to communication, I don’t do it myself. He had written a mail to me to which I did not respond to immediately and that did not make him too happy.

Well, Rahul, I apologize for the delay and, henceforth, will make sure that I respond to every mail at the earliest.

Some queries:

Sunanda says, “I read this word ‘mojo’ in an advertisement. I looked up for the meaning and it said- ‘magic or charm’. Can you tell me how to use it?”

Sunanda, ‘mojo’ originally means ‘magical appeal, charm or spell’. But as per the urban dictionary, it now also means ‘sex appeal or talent, ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude.’

Interestingly, the word comes from Afro Americans. There is a common belief that some people have the powers to cast a spell on anyone. “In African-American folk beliefs, especially in the rural U.S. South early in the 20th century, a mojo was a small bag worn by a person under the clothes. Such bags were thought to have supernatural powers, such as protecting from evil, bringing good luck, etc. The mojo bag usually contained a mix of herbs, powders, sometimes a coin, and other objects thought to promote supernatural action or protection.”  Thesaurus

That’s something, isn’t it?

Example:

  • After her divorce she seems to have lost her mojo.
  • Go try your mojo elsewhere, it won’t work here.

Naik wants to know the difference between advice and advise?

Americans prefer advice and while the British English insists on the two being different- ‘advise’ is a verb and ‘advice’ is a noun. The Americans; however, recognize only one spelling and that is ‘advice’.

Example:

It is ok to advise, but to follow someone’s advice is difficult.

Teena wants to know, what is the meaning of the expression ‘What’s your poison’? The expression is used to ask someone, what he or she would like to drink (especially an alcoholic drink).

Another query:

Lata says, “What does ‘Mr. Know it all’ stand for?”

Hey! First of all, it’s not only the privilege of ‘Misters’ to know it all; it could also be ‘Ms. Know it all or Mrs. Know it all’. In any case, the term is not exactly used as a compliment; it’s more or less a mocking (sarcastic, disdainful, disrespectful) term used for people who claim to be familiar (know) with everything under the sun and put down everyone else’s opinion, except their own. In other words, the ‘know it all’ kinds of people profess to have knowledge of anything and everything.

The synonym I like the most is ‘smart aleck’. The other similar words are- braggart, windbag, wiseacre, smart ass, supercilious, swollen head, gas bag, trumpeter, vainglorious, boastful, too big for one’s britches, bombastic, swashbuckler, cocky, peacock, show- off, strutter, smarty pants…

There are other synonyms too, but I guess for the time being these will suffice (be enough).

It’s a good idea to be the opposite of the above terms. Now, how about sending some antonyms to me?

The word ‘suffice’ that I have used above brings to my mind the expression ‘suffice it to say’. ‘Suffice it to say’ implies that whatever has been said ‘is sufficient or adequate’. Example: Suffice it to say that I cannot take this nonsense anymore.

Have a happy weekend.

Keep smiling…

 

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