WTF is “Islamicism?

It’s bad enough in any scenario that we’d allow sleazy politicians to twist us around their porky little fingers like we had spines made of overcooked linguini, but now we’re even letting them make up the Scarywords they employ to click us into Freakout Mode and send us screaming and scrambling under our beds.

In the spirit of never letting a crisis, or even the distant memory of one, go to waste, Prime Minister Steve is jabbering about terrorism again.  In honour of the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, he’s even come up with a new word:

Arguing that the major threat to Canada “is still Islamicism,” he vowed to resurrect the two contentious clauses from the Antiterrorism Act that expired in 2007.

Islamicism“!…??  Really??

Shortly after 9/11, US bloggers coined the term “Islamist” to describe Muslim fundamentalists of the flying-planes-into-buildings variety.  It’s been a perfectly serviceable word, more than up to the task at hand — but apparently not for Harpie.  Reading that Globe article, I thought the word “Islamicism” looked and sounded about as wrong as any word could, like the cat had run across the keyboard and added a couple more random letters.  I immediately consulted with Mr. Google.  Results:  “Islamicism” has a Wiki entry, but it’s one of those “disambiguation” pages: to me, incontrovertible proof that the word is at best semi-legit.  Hmm.

And the plot thickens.  Coincidentally, that Wiki page appears to have been put up late the same day Harper made the remark — yesterday, September 7th.

Making up words, Harpie?  To scare people??  And then putting up a Cover Your Ass Wiki page??  Shame, shame.

I wonder what he’s got planned for the 15th Anniversary of 9/11? “Islama-bamma-fo-famma-ization”?  Maybe for the 20th Anniversary we’ll be treated to something like  “Islama-whamma-bamma-thankyou-ma’amma-ization”.

STOP HARPER… from making up words!!

UPDATE:  Late to the party!  Others have been making wry observations about Harpie’s new word and his reason for inventing it from the Word… “Islamicism”.

13 Responses to “WTF is “Islamicism?”


  1. 1 sassy Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Islamicism – not as dangerous as Harperism

  2. 2 BC Mary Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    An admirable piece of detective work, u.o.h., very sharp sleuthing to protect the known language.

  3. 3 smelter rat Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    @sassy….I think you mean Harpericism 🙂

  4. 4 sassy Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    yes, thanks for the correction SR

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Shouldn’t that be “Harpericism”? 😛

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I wonder if that page will disappear, or be added to. It has no discussion, absolutely nothing that would lead anyone to believe it’s any older than Sept.7th. Ha!

  7. 7 JJ Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Whoops, I posted too soon

  8. 9 Bukko Canucko Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    There’s already a well-known wingnut word that Harpolini coulda used, “Islamofascism.” Methinks Preemie Minkster Steve doesn’t want to say “fascism” too much because people might start looking at him and saying “Yeah, that’s YOU, and you’re psychologically projecting…”

  9. 10 JJ Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t know that I’d go so far as to call it a “bigot term”, I just don’t think it’s a very good word. The expression “Islamic extremist” is probably a more apt term for what “Islamacist” is trying to describe.

  10. 11 JJ Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    “Islamofascism” must be losing its cachet, I don’t see it being used nearly as often as it used to be. But I’m happy to note that the spell check still doesn’t recognize it as a real word — if that ever happens, it’s all downhill from there.

  11. 12 Rosa Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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  12. 13 find my car value Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

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