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Word: سلام

Pronunciation: sa-lām

Meaning: peace


Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery

On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.

Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”

PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.

Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)



  1. Noun, land

Origin: Latin,

  • Noun, terra, ae - land


Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.

The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”

(via stuffmomnevertoldyou)


  1. Verb, to desire greatly/painfully; covet

Origin: Latin,

  • Noun, poena, poenae - punishment

This word traces its roots all the way back to the Latin word poena, which translates as “penalty or punishment.” Later in Latin, it became pena, then, in Old English, it became the verb pinian and eventually pinen. Its definition - to cause pain or to torture - remained largely unchanged until this most recent iteration of the word.


What Each Country Leads The World In

This list of top international rankings by country includes global-scale lists of countries with rankings, sorted by country that is placed top or bottom in the respective ranking.



  1. Verb, to take shelter or accommodate someone or something else with shelter

Pronunciation: howz

Origin: Old English,

  • This word originates from the old English word hus of the same meaning - a dwelling or to dwell.It is derived from the Proto-Germanic hausen.

Example: I will only house this animal for a few days. We have to find a proper home for it afterwards.



  1. Noun, a person that speaks, writes, or reads multiple languages.
  2. Noun, a book that contains the same texts in multiple languages

Origin: Greek,

  1. Adv, πολύς (polus) - many
  2. Noun, γλῶσσα (glossa) - tongue
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