external GIF Creator Settles the Pronunciation Debate —NYTimes

21wilhite-blogSmallInline“GIF,” the image format, was named word of the year back in 2012. This past week, inventor Steve Wilhite was given a lifetime achievement award at the Webby Awards.

The NYTimes writes: “He is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format. ‘The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,’ Mr. Wilhite said. ‘They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.’”

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  • Gerj

    when americans learn to pronunce at least one foreign word correctly….i may care…..

  • ISO640

    I refuse to call it anything that sounds like peanut butter.

  • Rob Elliott

    ya I’m sorry you can say as the creator you want it to be a j sound like Gin or Gym

    But the G stands for Graphics… which is a hard G word.

  • Rob Elliott

    it is an american word.

  • Peter Croft

    So that’s Jraphics Interchange Format then? I don’t get it.