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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Definitions for mojo

  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.

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Citations for mojo
"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 of mojo
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.