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snopes 06 January 2015 05:09 PM

MAFIA is an acronym
Comment: MAFIA stems from the phrase “ Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela”
which translates to “Death to the French is Italy’s Cry”

overyonder 06 January 2015 05:21 PM



any organized group using extortion and other criminal methods.
noun: mafia; plural noun: mafias
a closed group of people in a particular field, having a controlling influence.
noun: mafia
"the conservative top tennis mafia"

Italian (Sicilian dialect), originally in the sense ‘bragging.’
I've heard it was a shortened version of "Ma famiglia" = my family.


Ali Infree 06 January 2015 08:17 PM

Acronyms are a very modern convention, they do not go back to Sicily or Italy during French rule. Arrghhh!:fish:
SNAFU, yes, GOLF, no!

Sharkuterie 30 March 2015 06:02 AM

Not sure
Origin of "Mafia" is controversial.

Maybe it comes from a last name, maybe from Arab "Mu'afah' " (protect the weaks) or "Mafie" (refuge), maybe from old Toscan Maffia (poverty), maybe as overyonder suggest too.

There is a problem with this rumored acronym origin: Italy as unified country and Italian as language (even more so in Sicily who was under Norman's superiority ) didn't exist in this period (XIIIth century)...

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