June 1st 2019
___ A person with moxie has courage, confidence, and a bit of a daring nature.
Such a person oft brings people’s mouths agape, and in the aftermath, tends to exude an air of individual style and class.
“Moxie” was a popular medicine in the 1870’s that claimed to “build up your nerve.”
In the 1880’s the name “Moxie” was put on one of the first mass-produced soft drinks — that outsold Coca Cola at the turn of the century.
By 1930, the “Moxie” beverage fell from popularity, yet the word became popular slang.
Today, “Moxie” is a noun. It is something to have. Yet few have it.
A person with moxie has confidence in their presence, who they are, and what they are doing at the given time. A person with moxie owns it, and cares not whether they do or don’t. They only act by nature upon it. Their onlookers think they have “nerve,” in a manner tasteful enough to command admiration.
Have you encountered someone who has moxie?
References: Dictionary.com, Online Etymology Dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com.
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