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Old 06 January 2015, 06:09 PM
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France 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”
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Old 06 January 2015, 06:21 PM
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Ma·fi·a

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"

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

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Old 06 January 2015, 09:17 PM
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Acronyms are a very modern convention, they do not go back to Sicily or Italy during French rule. Arrghhh!
SNAFU, yes, GOLF, no!
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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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