In recent months, I have noticed an interest in the meaning of the Arabic word "islam". Most of the conjecture is that the word means "peace" in English. As a one time student of the language, I can assure that, although its root word is "salaam", which does mean "peace", "islam" is not a substitute for "salaam". Many Arabic-English dictionaries translate the word as "submission". I, with my overabundance of temerity for venturing far afield, however, disagree with this and think that the better word would be "acceptance".