There are several theories about the origin of the term "X" . The Sicilian adjective may derive from the slang Arabic mahyas (مهياص), meaning "aggressive boasting, bragging", or marfud مرفوض meaning "rejected". Roughly translated, it means "swagger", but can also be translated as "boldness, bravado". In reference to a man, it signified a bully, arrogant but also fearless, enterprising, and proud. In reference to a woman, however, the adjective meant beautiful and attractive.
The word made its first official appearance in 1865 in a report by the prefect of