Do you remember watching a movie or sporting event with family or friends when something incredible happens and someone blurts out “That man’s got Moxie”?

Yeah me neither.

Well what does the term Moxie really mean anyhow?

I decided to look up the word Moxie and being from out west I’d never suspect it was a soft drink more than 100 years old produced in Massachusetts in the late 1800s.

Moxie is a brand of carbonated beverage that is among the first mass-produced soft drinks in the United States. It was created around 1876 by Augustin Thompson (born in Union, Maine) as a patent medicine called “Moxie Nerve Food” and was produced in Lowell, Massachusetts. Moxie’s flavor is unique, a sweet drink with a bitter aftertaste.

Moxie (free dictionary)

1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. 2. Aggressive energy; initiative: “His prose has moxie, though it rushes and stumbles from a pent-up surge” (Patricia Hampl).

I guess it sort of makes sense. I just can’t see watching a war picture with John Wayne and saying “he’s got moxie”! It would be like watching “The Longest Day” and when John Wayne’s character got killed, he cried something like “oye” only in a high pitched girly kind of scream in Thai.

Or watching Audie Murphy, a real WWII decorated hero and Hollywood action star holding off an enemy force from the top of a disabled tank, firing a 50-cal to stop a battalion size force and saying “he had to have some really big moxie”. He literally did that in real life, but I don’t think anyone said to his face about him having moxie.

You couldn’t say that a girl has moxie without being seen as sexist or something worse.

Too bad they stopped making movies like that anymore. I love it when it’s a clear battle between the good guys and the bad guys with the good guys always winning in the end, like the Sackett’s movie with Tom Sellack and a host of big name movie stars like Glen Ford and others. Most of the “others” were long time good guys, but in this movie they turned out to be the bad guys and died in the end. (In real life most of those old stars have been long gone).

Maybe we need a song, “The day that moxie died”.  – I am the Real Truckmaster!


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