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A moral boost

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:25 am
by Stevenloan
A: Coffee Is ‘Not Essential For Life,’ Says Swiss Government.
B: Coffee may not provide nutrition, but it does provide comfort and a moral boost. Also, it helps disguise the taste of chemically purified water.

- Hi everyone! I couldn't find the meaning of "a moral boost" online. What does it mean in this case?

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:18 pm
by Erik_Kowal
It's a typo for 'morale boost' or 'morale booster'.

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:24 pm
by trolley
It would be handy if it did provide a "moral boost". I can think of quite a few people who could use a cup or two.

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:56 pm
by Phil White
Erik_Kowal wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:18 pm
It's a typo for 'morale boost' or 'morale booster'.
Not sure about that. The word "moral" in phrases such as "moral support" or "moral victory" refers to an intangible, psychological effect. It is perfectly feasible that the author is suggesting that the boost provided by coffee is of a psychological nature rather than a physiological nature. Or perhaps that, while the physiological boost is present, it is the psychological boost that is more important.

Or it could be a typo...

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:45 pm
by tony h
Phil, how is a morale boost of a physiological nature, in a way that a moral boost would not be? Surely it is also psychological boost. Although either may, I would image, thence give rise to renewed physiological prowess.

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:00 pm
by Phil White
That's not what I was saying. I was saying that "moral" may not be a typo and contrasting "moral" with "tangible" or "physiological", not contrasting "moral" with "morale".

Re: A moral boost

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 am
by Stevenloan
Erik, trolley, Phil White and tony h : Thank you all so so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan