Patrue, mi Patruissimo

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Bogart said...

Took me a while to decipher this one!....

"It seems that while "crying uncle" is today regarded as an Americanism, its origins go all the way back to the Roman Empire. Roman children, when beset by a bully, would be forced to say "Patrue, mi Patruissimo," or "Uncle, my best Uncle," in order to surrender and be freed."

Now to figure out the reason for the plea!