Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The origin of the word is often traced to the Spanish word hombredad, meaning manliness, through the ___ word omu for man. According to a different theory, the word comes from Latin humilitas (humility), which finally became X in some southern Italian dialects.

Observers of the __ debate whether X should best be understood as an expression of social consensus surrounding the ____ or whether it is instead a pragmatic response based primarily on fear. The point is succinctly made in a popular proverb "Cu รจ surdu, orbu e taci, campa cent'anni 'mpaci" ("He who is deaf, blind, and silent will live a hundred years in peace").