Friday, September 7, 2007

The Definition of Mojo

I have received several requests to define "Mojo". Here goes:

This is the definition of Mojo, according to the American Heritage Dictionary (whom I normally have much respect for but let's face it, they really missed the boat on this one!).

mo·jo (mō'jō') n. pl. mo·jos or mo·joes
1. A magic charm or spell.
2. An amulet, often a small flannel bag containing one or more magic items, worn by adherents of hoodoo or voodoo.
3. Personal magnetism; charm.

This is the definition of Mojo, according to me:

mo·jo (mō'jō') n. pl. mo·jos or mo·joes

1. The ability to get through daily life with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart.
2. A feeling deep within the spirit that defines one as human, versus an even deeper feeling of being feral and insane (i.e., exhibiting symptoms of being a subhuman life-form previously only ever seen during the ravages of menopause and/or in movies featuring the infamous Doctor Hannibal Lechter).
3. That thing Austin Powers (and I) so desperately need to be cool (and what menopausal woman - whether she resembles Austin Powers or not - isn't looking to be COOL, I ask you?).
There ladies. Wonder no more. Mojo has now, officially, been defined for all eternity.


  1. You poor thing, being well into the CRAZINESS OF MENOPAUSE. Luckily I am well past the worst. It all started for me when I was only 40. On with the nightgown, off goes the nightgown, open window, close window, stompimg my feet in a temper tantrum, weeping loudly & throwing myself on the bed....I didn't recognize myself!

    Try to rejoice in your womanhood & be thankful for this time in your life (wasn't that a load of cr*p) and get yourself some HRT & maybe a bit of Zoloft too.

    Oh.....& come here often to vent, bloggers stick by you in times like this.

    Hugs, DebraK

  2. Yeah Baby! Okay, I'm not sure what just came over me - that is so not me. It must have been the photo. =)

  3. I always heard it was very big in the Creole tradition to have your mojo bag hanging around your I guess Austin Powers is Creole? Yeah, baby!

  4. Dear Kari, We welcome the return of your Mojo. Looks like it's none the worse for wear! I think menopause must have been invented by men to get even with us!

  5. "The ability to get through daily life with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart."

    I'll add "No matter what is going on..."

    I also define it as creative juices flowing...

  6. Perfectly declared! Loved it!


  7. oh dear ok and I hope no one thinks they look like Austen?

  8. Perfect explanation...." getting through the day with a smile on your face and happiness in
    your heart" and the name of my new creation... MoJos...pretzels covered with caramel, chocolate, toffee bits and toasted
    pecans... 'they definately will put a smile
    on your face and happiness in you heart'!

  9. I have another take on what Greenie Gardens said : Menopause was invented by men. The reason is Jealousy: the Green Eyed Monster, along with money, the Root of All Evil- Jealousy is bad Mojo. Women give birth. It's that simple. Men are so envious they can hardly see straight.


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