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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A journey or migration, especially when taken to escape an undesirable situation.
From the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution. From Arabic hijra (departure), from hajara (to depart). Earliest documented use: 1590.
“He seamlessly presents historical information on such trail subjects as ... the Mormon hegira to Salt Lake that began in 1847.”
The Oregon Trail (review); Wild West (Tysons, Virginia); Dec 2015.
“In Blinded by the Right, his account of his ideological hegira from conservative button man to liberal media critic, David Brock describes a hilarious scene at an Arkansas bait shop.”
Charles P. Pierce; Politics: Sure, They Love Her Now...; Esquire (New York); Jun 2013.
See more usage examples of hegira in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (17 Jan 1706-1790) [Editor's note: This quotation is misattributed to Franklin.]
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