Whenever he thought about it, he felt terrible. And so, at last, he came to a fateful decision. He decided not to think about it. ~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the difference between ISIS and ISIL? I understand that they are the same organization, but what are the meaning of the acronyms, and the connotations behind them? Why does the general news media favor ISIS, while U.S. Government reports will generally use ISIL?

-My Name Here


Dear Human,

ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL stands for the  Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The group refers to themselves as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, which translates to the Levant. It is a more historically accurate name for the Syria and the regions round about that the Islamic State has conquered. The Arabic word for ISIL is Daesh. Daesh is most commonly used in Europe. The US government uses ISIL, because it is the translated/transliterated name for them. The media calls them ISIS because that is what is most recognizable and understandable for the average human being.

Also this is a really good article on this.

The Soulful Ginger