mox nix

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German macht nichts. Apparently originated with American soldiers stationed in Germany after World War II.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

mox nix

  1. (dated, slang) it doesn't matter; no worries
    • 1969, Creighton Abrams, “1969”, in Lewis Sorley editor, Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968–1972[1], ISBN 0896725332, published 2004, page 330:
      When they want to do something, they do it! Whether we've funded it, whether we'll support it—mox nix. They do it!
    • 1983, Ian Skidmore, Forgive Us Our Press Passes[2], ISBN 1906609527, page 21:

      'Nice people, are they?'

      'I shouldn't think so.'

      'Aw, well. Mox nix. Want some of this rice?'

    • 2005, James Carroll, Secret Father: A Novel[3], ISBN 0547526830, page 264:
      No, I get it. Small matter. Mox nix.
    • 2011, Ritch Gaiti, Tweet: One Guy Can't Change the World—Good Thing that Glebe Didn't Know That[4], ISBN 0615437044, page 73:
      I thought it resembled me more than Hartwick but mox nix—it was ours.

Adjective[edit]

mox nix (not comparable)

  1. (dated, slang) unimportant, irrelevant
    • 1947, H. W. Kale, “Letter of July 5, 1947”, in Mark William Falzini editor, Letters Home: The Story of an American Military Family in Occupied Germany 1946–1949[5], ISBN 0595312454, published 2004, page 99:
      If you don't have time to do this don't worry about it because it's mox nix to me (mox nicht—makes no difference).
    • 2004, Kenneth Stiers, The Rapanui Code[6], ISBN 1418490865, page 49:
      Frankly it's mox-nix to me.
    • 2006, William P. Singley, Bragg[7], ISBN 1418489409, page 81:
      Mox nix to me if you cover for him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Partridge, 1986, A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day, 2nd edn., p. 314.