Dot Wordsworth

Dot Wordsworth on language: Why do we call it ‘Islamic State’?

‘Islamic’ is debatable and so is ‘state’; yet the media drops the definite article

I’m puzzled by the dropping of the one part of the name of the Islamic State that seems certain. That it is Islamic, many dispute. That it is a state is just as unclear. But calling it the does not bestow honour upon it, any more than referring to the Third Reich meant agreement with its behaviour.

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