Omertà

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Omertà

Postby William Hupy » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:45 pm

This word is from Sicily, meaning code of silence.

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word to the Spanish word hombredad, meaning manliness, modified after the Sicilian word omu for man. According to a different theory, the word comes from Latin humilitas (humility), which became umirtà and then finally omertà in some southern Italian dialects.
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