To help make this all make sense, there is a word I am looking for--I can hear it in my mind and I can say it with my lips. But I can find no source.

The phrase I hear is, "I say this with no monocomb of pride." The way I understand it is, along the lines of, "I say this without an ounce of pride," or "one bit of pride."


I looked up the greek word for bit at random and found it to be kommati, so I did variations of this and came up with modicum.


The answer you are looking for, o' dear me, is "modicum."

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    This answer is the right one, but you should provide a link to a dictionary definition along with a quotation of it. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 1 '18 at 7:17
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    @JasonBassford But isn't "modicum" (a small amount) normally used in the positive? I think of putting "a modicum of garlic in the dish". I could understand "...with a modicum of pride", which may be what the speaker meant. But what does "...with NO modicum of pride" mean - presumably "a great deal of pride"? And that is completely contrary to what the OP is thinking, when he says "without an ounce of pride". – WS2 Dec 1 '18 at 8:31
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    @ws2 Ah, yes. I just noticed this with your comment. Alas, the questioner is confused. The word that couldn't be remembered is definitely modicum. Unfortunately, the phrase has been understood in the opposite sense. (It's the double negative that's tripping things up.) A modicum of pride. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 1 '18 at 8:43

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