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The proper name of Iceland is "Ísland". Today, "ís" is most commonly used to mean "ice cream" (go into a restaurant and order ís, see what you get). Hence, the country name means "Land of Ice Cream"
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3 years ago #9785242        
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We call it islandia image

3 years ago #9809847        
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Yeah no, it's land of ice, since "is" more commonly means ice, although it also means ice cream it really isn't the purpose here

4 years ago #9660091        
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That is just yummy.

5 years ago #9621321        
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...I want ís with klaki now.

5 years ago #9620918        
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we call it Ísland too

5 years ago #9577804        
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THAT EXPLAINS THE SPARKLES!

Karen

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6 years ago #9487578        
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As a reference, try doing a google image search for "ís":

https://www.google.is/search?q=%22%C3%ADs%22&biw=1920&bih=960&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjt4KK1pvDMAhXpLcAKHd3YDHYQ_AUIBigB

In the old days it was just "ice", and it still means that also (technically "ís" in the context of ice cream is short for "rjómaís", or "cream ice"). But nowadays it's most commonly used just to mean ice cream; if you want a glass of ice, you need to ask for "klaki". Indeed, sometimes people jokingly refer to Iceland as "klakinn", or "the ice". "Ég er á klakanum" -> "I'm on the ice" - > "I'm in Iceland".

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