Mormon Jargon

Many of the gentile persuasion in the Salt Lake City area have taken to calling members of “the” church “Mo’s”. OK, the truth is that being called a Mo isn’t so bad. While it’s not exactly a term of endearment, Mo beats some of the other things I’ve been called–lots of them by fellow Mo’s. To ease the tension between Mos and gentiles, I’ve come up with a brief Mo Lexicon.

Practice these terms, learn to be comfortable with your Moism.

MO – Mormon

NO MO – Non-Mormon

NO MO’ MO – Ex-Mormon


MO TOWN – Provo

MO PEDS – People walking across the street to Temple Square or the MTC in Provo.

MO HAIR – Missionary standards haircut.

PO MO – A financially challenged Mormon

MO LASSES – Mormon Babes!!

MO TEL – Bishop’s interview, tithing settlement, church court, etc.

SU MO – Grad of BYU Law School

MO GUL – Large white Utah bird frequently seen in Church history books, parking lots and dumps.

MO RALLY – Third quarter BYU drive against the U of U.

MO SEY – LDS sense of time. See also LOCO MO TION.

LOCO MO TION – Post-game exodus from Cougar Stadium.

MO NOGOMY – LDS marriage practices.

MO TIF – Two or more Mormons engaged in a heated difference of opinion.

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