It's Time to Stop Arguing About the Pronunciation of the GIF

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It's Time to Stop Arguing About the Pronunciation of the GIF
The Atlantic WireBy Rebecca Greenfield | The Atlantic Wire – 51 mins ago

It's time we took some advice from George Gershwin and stopped bickering over the right and wrong way to say words: Let's call the whole thing off on this GIF pronunciation battle. During his lifetime achievement ceremony at the Webby awards the GIF creator himself, Steve Wilhite, gave what should be the final word on the oft-argued about pronunciation of the retro file format that has made a comeback in recent years: "The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations," Wilhite conceded, per the New York Times's Amy O'Leary. "They are wrong. It is a soft 'G,' pronounced 'jif.' End of story," he went on to say. Of course that wasn't the end of the story, with hard-G evangelizers continuing to preach on Twitter what they perceive as correct: GIF like a gift. Despite being a soft-G person myself, in light of Wilhite's on-the-record remarks it's time that both sides gave up the fight and reconciled that both GIF, like the peanut butter, and GIF, like a present, are acceptable ways to say the term.

Both soft and hard-G pronunciations are technically acceptable, as linguists explained in this Atlantic post way back in 2011. There are two undeniable facts in this debate:1. The creators of the file format used a soft G, as Wilhite explained Tuesday night. 2. Language evolves and everyone understands that hard-G GIF means a looping, animated picture on the Internet — so it's also acceptable. See: Everyone wins.

At this point, fighting over how to say the word is like arguing over the NEEther, NIther pronunciation, which is just a really silly thing to spend our time doing. So the next time you get involved in one such argument about how to out-loud say the file-format just send your opponent this "GIF to end all GIFs" via Gawker's Adrian Chen.
http://news.yahoo.com/time-stop-arguing-pronunciation-gif-141902165.html
 

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Fuck that. There is literally one word in the English language that starts with a Gi and has a soft G sound (Giraffe). And the other ones like Giant are a "jai" sound, not a "jee" sound. On top of that, the G stands for "graphics." Sorry, I don't care if he invented it, logic dictates that it is GIF, not JIF.
 

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Fuck that. There is literally one word in the English language that starts with a Gi and has a soft G sound (Giraffe). And the other ones like Giant are a "jai" sound, not a "jee" sound. On top of that, the G stands for "graphics." Sorry, I don't care if he invented it, logic dictates that it is GIF, not JIF.
I guess I've been pronouncing gin wrong all these years, if you get my gist... :cool:
 

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JIF is a peanutbutter.
 

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It's a distortion of the Dutch word for Juniper (jenever).
I know this is a foreign foodstuff: giblet gravy.
Let alone, Gem, Gerbil, geography, geometry, giant
 

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I know this is a foreign foodstuff: giblet gravy.
Let alone, Gem, Gerbil, geography, geometry, giant
I said Gi. Gem, Gerbil, geography, geometry don't apply and I already wrote that giant is a different SOUND (jai, not jee). Jeez. Read what I posted.
 

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I said Gi. Gem, Gerbil, geography, geometry don't apply and I already wrote that giant is a different SOUND (jai, not jee). Jeez. Read what I posted.
Yeah....I missed it.
What about Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us? (Honestly, I hate people who name their kids that way.)
 

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Yeah....I missed it.
What about Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us? (Honestly, I hate people who name their kids that way.)
Geoffrey is also ge... Hello? And yes, Giraffe is one of the rare instances of a soft Gi.
 

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I've never heard anyone pronounce it with a soft g.
That's just silly.
 

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If the good lord wanted .gif to be pronounced .jif, he would have spelt it that way.
 

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You do know that EVERY English word is variation of some other languages word, don't you?
Yes, but unlike, say, restaurant, which is directly lifted from French, Gin is a word that just got distorted over time. You'd have an easier time arguing for Ginger, which comes from old English, but there are so many words in English that no rule is absolute. But if you have maybe 3 words in the entire language that start like that, I'd say that qualifies as a rule. I before E except after C? What about Weird?
 

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They're not really rules.
More like guidelines. ;)
 

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Wilhite is a cunt. Does he enjoy Christmas because he gets all those nice jifts?
 

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Does it really matter? GIF is one of those words/terms you pretty much only use in your own head. I doubt I've ever vocalized it in my life.

I've always gone with the soft g pronunciation, and I'm not changing now.
 
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