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Looking for a new home 23 9, 7:36pm

@sagas @txag70

We should call them Daesh and not IS or ISIL because the terroists hate it if we do that. They even threaten to cut ones throat out if someone calls them Daesh.

Well but why you would ask? Well im playing mister nice guy and using google for you, youre welcome.

1. By calling them Islamic State (IS) we sort of give them legitimacy as a state.

Daesh is an acronym stemming from al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa’al Sham, which translates as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria). So the meaning is not State its State inside other State what gives them slightly less legitimacy.

2. So while Daesh from its meaning is pretty much the same as ISIL it also sounds like an insult.
Because it sounds like the Arabic words Daes ("one who crushes something underfoot") and Dahes ("one who sows discord"). And also just because its an acronym.

According to The Guardian, the acronym has even become an Arabic word in its own right, with its plural "daw'aish" meaning "bigots who impose their views on others".