Here’s your last chance to figure out the solution: you may have a personal [answer word] that helps guide your steps through life. Still not sure? The solution starts with an “M,” and if you can figure out the vowel used and the last remaining letter, you’ll no doubt know the solution immediately. If this isn’t helping, then here’s the answer: motto. The word can refer to a belief, ideal, or even a short description of something. Mottos are often catchy and easy to recall, making it more likely you’ll remember and, perhaps, even reference them at times. You may still remember your school motto, for example.
According to Etymonline, the word motto dates back to the 1580s and originates from the Italian word with the same spelling, one that meant “a saying [or] legend attached to a heraldic design.” You can go one step back and trace motto to the Latin word muttum, which had a far more simple meaning: to grunt or say a word. The solution is also associated with muttire, another Latin word that, in this case, refers to a “proverbial pithy maxim.”