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.