Here's Why ISIS Hate It When Politicians Refer To Them As 'Daesh'

Here's Why ISIS Hate It When Politicians Refer To Them As 'Daesh'

At the beginning of the vote on whether to extend UK bombing to Syria - which was passed by majority last night - UK Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that Britons should cease referring to the terrorist group that most of us know to be called 'ISIS'  as Islamic State, ISIL or indeed ISIS and begin using 'Daesh.'

Whether or not you care about the antithetical Cameron, Irish politics, or just politics in general, it's worth noting that the term 'Daesh' has already become official political speak in Russia and - as far back as September 2014 - in France, with both refusing to acknowledge the terrorist organisation as a self-proclaimed 'State', opting instead to refer to the depraved lunatics by a name that royally pisses them off.

Welcome to global politics in 2015. Name-calling. Oh, and the bombing.

But why do the Terrorists Formerly Known As ISIS hate the name Daesh so much? The answer is rather straightforward, actually.

The word 'Daesh' is an Arabic acronym of 'al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa ash-Sham' – meaning the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, but it also sounds incredibly like other Arabic words such as dahes, das and daes, which translate as follows, to the ire of IS leaders and fighters:

Dahes: 'Sowers of discord'

Das: 'To trample down' or 'to crush'

Daes: 'One who crushes easily underfoot'

Disgusted and offended due to this convenient Arabic wordplay, since 2014 the terrorist organisation have threatened "to cut the tongue of anyone who publicly used the acronym Daesh, instead of referring to the group by its full name."

Welcome to global terrorism in 2015. Teenage insecurity. Oh, and the bombing.

Most of the planet's 1.5 billion non-terrorist Muslims have always preferred to refer to the group as Daesh rather than Islamic State, arguing that the territory the terrorist group controls in Iraq and Syria is neither Islamic nor is it a state.

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Gavan Casey
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Former handwriting champion. Was violently bitten by a pelican at Fota Wildlife Park in 2001.

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