Way off topic - Not quite understanding this

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  1. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

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    Recently I have seen people putting their concerns out for their health, safety and wellbeing of loved ones on this forum which is a beautiful thing and indicates a good community here! I have seen some ask for prayer over these situations and I have seen some people reply "sending mojo" or something of that nature.
    I wasn't sure what it meant othen than hearing about "Mr. Mojo Risin" in LA Woman!

    I looked it up on dictionary.com

    mojo[ moh-joh ]
    1. the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.

    2. an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.

    I assume the people who use this term are sending well wishes rather than voodoo/magic spells?

    Am I nuts? Am I reading into it too much? Is the meaning of this word different than what Dictionary.com says?
     
  2. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    There's good mojo and there's bad mojo... Let's assume that any mojo sent through this forum is good mojo. :) 'Cos once mojo gets pushed through a PRS, it can only be good mojo. Case closed.
     
  3. pjdude

    pjdude New Member

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    Well put ^^^

    Personally, I pass along the good mojo.
     
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  4. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    They need to add another definition to that dictionary. The Muddy Waters definition - I got my Mojo workin.
     
  5. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc PRSf certified

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    I look at it as an alternative for non-religious people to extend well wishes or positive energy to people asking for prayers.

    And dictionary deniers are just another group of people that the internet has helped shine a light on. You can’t really fight them... I mean, you can try but, it’s usually a waste of time.
     
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  6. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    There you go! This is the mojo that I'm familiar with and I go back and listen to Muddy wanting to get his mojo workin' as often as possible. Fab tune. And fab vibes out of good mojo to everyone!!!!!
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Totally this.
     
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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Totally this.
     
  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I was going to say something, and then charge royalties, but decided to pour gin instead!
     
  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I took my post down because I realized why I didn’t see your post. It’s because my brain is no longer functioning.
     
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  11. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    This is a perfect example of how evil has insidiously weaved its way into the very fabric of our lives.

    Yes, the term mojo indeed originated from voodoo, yet people ignorantly use it without realizing, or caring, what they are saying. The term was originally from the creole word moco, for magic, circa the early 20th century.

    Also, expressions like "knock on wood", which is asking a wood nimph for a favor (tree worshippers), and other such evil terms, seem common these days. Too bad really. :(
     
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  12. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Energized Bunny

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    For folks who have lived in the Nola region, or who have chatted with folks from that area, my understanding is that the reference to mojo in the dictionary is incomplete...

    Mojo is supposedly the good vibes/good luck a shaman induces with his magic; Juju is the bad vibes/bad luck or trouble induced.

    Muddy Waters was among the first notable musician to use the word in song; after a while it became commonplace to describe quality vintage instruments as possessing "lots of mojo," typically because of the story, the provenance, or the history of the instrument.

    Some years later, sending well-wishes became popular by "sending mojo" to the recipient. Although "mojo" originates with musicians, many folks now use the word when sending well-wishes to folks who might need some "good luck" rather that what they'd previously experienced.

    So next time your wife is putting away the dishes from breakfast and she wishes you have a good day as you head out the door, thank her for the good mojo and she'll wonder what that means all day. You'll have something to share with her when you arrive home: if she hasn't already googled the unwritten and incomplete definition of mojo before you've arrived home.
     
  13. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Energized Bunny

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    What you say is partially true, but plz read my post above for clarification, and how the usage of mojo has changed over the years...

    It's interesting that you mention "knock on wood"...Clapton IIRC wasn't worried too much about what the phrase meant at the time, although being a blues musician well-versed in bad luck and trouble, he likely knew a few things about trying to turn his "luck" around..

    I don’t want to lose… this good thing… that I’ve got.
    If I do… I would surely…surely lose a lot,
    ‘Cause your love… is better… than any love I know.

    It’s like thunder… lightning,
    The way you love me is frightening.
    Think I’d better knock… on wood… baby.

    I’m not superstitious… about you… I can’t take no chance.
    You got me spinning, baby. Baby, I’m in a trance.
    ‘Cause your love… is better… than any love I know.

    It’s like thunder… lightning,
    The way you love me is frightening.
    Think I’d better knock… on wood… baby.

    BRIDGE

    Ain’t no secret… that woman… is my loving cup.
    She sees… to it… that I get it up.
    Just one touch… from her… you know you can do so much.

    It’s like thunder… lightning,
    The way you love me is frightening.
    Think I’d better knock… on wood.
     
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  14. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid Other Alan!

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    Any living language changes, they evolve. Words only mean what the users of those words want them to mean. An instrument having 'mojo' because it elicits a positive emotional response is a perfectly cromulent usage in this day and age. This being transposed to mean good will is equally acceptable.
     
  15. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

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    Thanks for the explanation everyone! I think it's really good to know the origins and meanings as well as understand the cultural evolution of words and phrases.
    @shimmilou I didn't know the origin of knock on wood. I should probably stop saying that while knocking on my head. A wood nimph is really the last thing I need residing in my head!
     
  16. mark cassidy

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    I don't think that it is necessarily a bad thing to use such expressions in a positive way, such as "knock on wood". If the language moves forward and drains the darkness out of such expressions it can only be a good thing. And I believe that's also the benefit of the blues itself. Turns dark into light and dread into beautiful music.
     
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  17. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    As males age, the wood nymph goes away and is replaced by a little blue pill...
     
  18. Summer

    Summer New Member

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    I'm a Christian so prayer is what I've turned to for years and will continue to. I haven't used that term mojo in years so not familiar. Bottom line is I think most of the conversation has been excellent, just passing along well wishes, hoping/praying everyone will stay safe. Peace and Love as Ringo always professes.... Help, I need somebody... Anyway, hope everyone is safe and the good news is Dorian is pretty much turning away finally. Make it a great day.
     
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  19. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Nice Job, Summer!!! This^^^. Just a good place to hang out...and I'm sure, regardless of the terms used (Prayer vs. mojo, etc...) ...Well Wishes are sent to whomever requests them...*(Well, unless they're for Casey Anthony!!!) LOLOL
     
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  20. pac90

    pac90 Helix user

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    Say a prayer type expressions are just a bit old fashioned. Churchy stuff isn't as maintstream in europe anyways......education and all that jazz.

    Now if you'll excuse me I have a 5 O' Clock with the Dark Lord ;)

     

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