In my own, humbler, opinion, and experience, this is both completely wrong—both factually and morally—and extremely dangerous.
When the economy revives, surviving newspapers, smaller and humbler, will still be a good place to strut goods.
Someone from a humbler background selling essentially those same voodoo economics will do only marginally better.
Our fellow-visitors were of all types, chiefly of the humbler English, and there were not many obvious aliens among them.
They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'
GAIN to the crowded metropolis my story shifts, and to a part of the grand city where dwell those of the humbler walks in life.
If they was humbler, and listened and tried to learn, it would be better for them.
I do not conceal my preference that you should have been a God-fearing man, though you were of humbler station.
But the brave Doctor would have been satisfied with humbler game.
Her own silent claim to genius was greatly modified; she was humbler than she had been.
mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity;" see humble (adj.). Related: Humbled; humbling.