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.gif is pronounced

"jiff" (soft g)
8 (26.7%)
"giff" (hard g)
21 (70%)
I pronounce it some other, comical way which I will explain below.
1 (3.3%)

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Offline houston-nat

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The GIF poll.
« Topic Start: April 22, 2012, 11:09:40 AM »
I say jiff and I've now had two people give me funny looks, which confuses me because I thought everyone said jiff.

Offline Kevrock

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #1: April 22, 2012, 11:15:02 AM »
Hard G, like MDS.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #2: April 22, 2012, 11:15:33 AM »
Jiff is peanut butter

Offline The Chief

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #3: April 22, 2012, 11:16:31 AM »
I don't believe in acronyms, so I always pronounce it "graphics interchange format" ;)

hard G all the way.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #4: April 22, 2012, 11:17:32 AM »
I don't believe in acronyms, so I always pronounce it "graphics interchange format" ;)

hard G all the way.


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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #5: April 22, 2012, 11:20:19 AM »
Hard G but now I am considering G-jif.

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« Reply #6: April 22, 2012, 11:25:21 AM »

Offline GburgNatsFan

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #7: April 22, 2012, 11:37:03 AM »
It's not George's Interchange Format. Go hard or go home.
I say jiff and I've now had two people give me funny looks, which confuses me because I thought everyone said jiff.


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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #8: April 22, 2012, 11:43:19 AM »

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #9: April 22, 2012, 11:45:01 AM »
I pronounce it like the peanut butter.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #10: April 22, 2012, 12:52:56 PM »
Jif.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #11: April 22, 2012, 12:53:37 PM »
Jif.

Wow.

So there's a new opening for Nathan's old moderator position...  ;)

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #13: April 22, 2012, 01:03:20 PM »
That's a reaction jiff, apparently.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #14: April 22, 2012, 01:03:23 PM »
Wow.

So there's a new opening for Nathan's old moderator position...  ;)

CompuServe invented it, and they said it's pronounced "jif." :razz:

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #15: April 22, 2012, 01:04:39 PM »

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #16: April 22, 2012, 01:28:38 PM »
citation needed, Nathan ;-)

Not that it matters anyway, Graphics, hard g

Offline houston-nat

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #17: April 22, 2012, 01:39:02 PM »
Wikipedia says /ˈdʒɪf/ or /ˈɡɪf/ but I don't know how to read that.

Also: if you just Google Image search "gif," most of the top results are totally lame.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #18: April 22, 2012, 01:44:01 PM »
citation needed, Nathan ;-)

Not that it matters anyway, Graphics, hard g


The words in an acronym don't necessarily dictate how the acronym itself is pronounced.

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CompuServe used to distribute a graphics display program called CompuShow. In the documentation for version 8.33 in the FAQ section, it states:
The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), pronounced "JIF", was designed by CompuServe and the official specification released in June of 1987.

There, straight from the inventors of the format.

Convinced yet?


http://www.olsenhome.com/gif/

How do you pronounce .jpg and .png?

Offline mitlen

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #19: April 22, 2012, 01:51:52 PM »
I hope this thread is merely an indication of a game postponement and not a freaking trend. :lol:

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #20: April 22, 2012, 01:54:52 PM »
Damn.
CompuServe invented it, and they said it's pronounced "jif." :razz:


Offline BerkeleyNat

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #21: April 22, 2012, 02:27:06 PM »
I don't believe in acronyms, so I always pronounce it "graphics interchange format" ;)

hard G all the way.

You know that screams "Nerd Lord" right?


Offline houston-nat

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #22: April 22, 2012, 02:34:07 PM »
The words in an acronym don't necessarily dictate how the acronym itself is pronounced.

http://www.olsenhome.com/gif/

How do you pronounce .jpg and .png?


Nathan, you are making me feel so vindicated.

Also, jay-peg and ping. And bimp.

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #23: April 22, 2012, 03:18:46 PM »

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Re: The GIF poll.
« Reply #24: April 22, 2012, 03:42:19 PM »
The linguistic preferences of the people who invented the format carry no more authority than anyone else in a case like this.  Also, from the same link:

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That last statement doesn't mean anything. It's an acronym. There's no defined way to pronounce acronyms

If there is no defined way to pronounce acronyms, then by definition the creator's preference matters no moreso than anyone else's.

How do you pronounce .jpg and .png?

jay-peg and "P N G" (spell it out). "B M P" or just "bitmap".  No real time is saved by saying "b_mp" given the necessary emphasis on the 'p' to prevent it sounding like you're saying "b_m"

Were I to create a "word" for PNG, "ping" would be a very poor choice seeing as the term "portable network graphics" only contains one 'i', which comes after all three of the acronym's letters.  "pang" or "pong" would make more sense :stir:

I hope this thread is merely an indication of a game postponement and not a freaking trend. :lol:

Very very much the former :lol: