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   Oxford American dictionary picks "GIF" as the word of the year. This is not a repeat from 1987

13 Nov 2012 04:08 PM   |   4537 clicks   |   Yahoo
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BKITU    [TotalFark]  
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13 Nov 2012 01:07 PM
Walker    [TotalFark]  
I can't wait till next year when JPEG overtakes it as word of the year.

13 Nov 2012 01:37 PM
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13 Nov 2012 01:49 PM
impaler    [TotalFark]  
Still, some older words have found new linguistic relevance. "Pleb," taken from the Roman word "plebs," has found a modern context in its derogatory usage to describe "a member of the ordinary people or working classes."


Using 'pleb' is so hoi polloi.

13 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
Lord Jubjub    [TotalFark]  
omnishambles

I gotta remember that word. We used the phrase Charlie Foxtrot in the army.

13 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
Dr.Knockboots     
Now if the computer world would just come up with a 1-click button solution to create a gif of variable sizes/quality out of any movie clip.

13 Nov 2012 02:51 PM
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13 Nov 2012 03:45 PM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
The internet has gone permanently AOL level. So glad you all are here. Really

13 Nov 2012 03:46 PM
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist     
Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

13 Nov 2012 03:55 PM
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13 Nov 2012 03:59 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:09 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:10 PM
CognaciousThunk     

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.


J, like the peanut butter. At least that's what Compuserve peeps used to say about it.

13 Nov 2012 04:11 PM
CognaciousThunk     
eh, JIF, that is.

13 Nov 2012 04:12 PM
Snapper Carr     
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13 Nov 2012 04:12 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:14 PM
Snapper Carr     

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.


Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"

13 Nov 2012 04:14 PM
Sharkster     
GILF has a better ring to it.

/seriously

13 Nov 2012 04:14 PM
ITGreen    [TotalFark]  
"Interestingly, the word-of the-year distinction does not guarantee that the chosen words will actually be included in future editions of the Oxford English Dictionary."

Making this just one more meaningless publicity stunt.

13 Nov 2012 04:15 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:15 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:16 PM
signaljammer     
impaler
Still, some older words have found new linguistic relevance. "Pleb," taken from the Roman word "plebs," has found a modern context in its derogatory usage to describe "a member of the ordinary people or working classes."


Using 'pleb' is so hoi polloi.

Gives me a frisson of prole-ishness

13 Nov 2012 04:16 PM
dv-ous     

CognaciousThunk: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

J, like the peanut butter. At least that's what Compuserve peeps used to say about it.


http://howtopronouncegif.com

I don't know why.

If you ask me, it ought to be pronounced like "graphics." Since, you know, that's what it stands for.

13 Nov 2012 04:17 PM
Infobahn    [TotalFark]  
So PNG in 2030?

13 Nov 2012 04:17 PM
CognaciousThunk     

Snapper Carr: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"


Aaaaaand you'd be wrong.

Sort of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic s_Interchange_Format#Pronunciati on

/tomato,tomahtoe,WTF

13 Nov 2012 04:17 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:18 PM
yet_another_wumpus     

Generation_D: The internet has gone permanently AOL level. So glad you all are here. Really


What part of "eternal" in "eternal September" surprises you?

/old fart

13 Nov 2012 04:18 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:18 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:18 PM
I_C_Weener    [TotalFark]  

Snapper Carr: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"



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Why don't you get back here and chum some of this GIF then?

13 Nov 2012 04:19 PM
signaljammer     
BTW, the root is probably 'plebeian.'

13 Nov 2012 04:19 PM
corn-bread     
So question for those of who are cooler and more hip than I (which would be most everyone): What happened this year to make "GIF" particularly noteworthy? Did I miss a breakthrough in 256 color animations?

13 Nov 2012 04:20 PM
Roof Pig     
How about a gif of a Giff?

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13 Nov 2012 04:20 PM
Big Man On Campus     
I predict this thread will become unloadable in an hour, at which point I'll have to come back and save some images.

13 Nov 2012 04:22 PM
pi8you     
The British Oxford Dictionaries went a different route, choosing "omnishambles," as their word of the year, which is defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations."

See also: Mitt Romney's Election Campaign

13 Nov 2012 04:22 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:24 PM
impaler    [TotalFark]  

Snapper Carr: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"


Is NASA "nay sa"?

I say "jif"

13 Nov 2012 04:25 PM
assjuice     

Snapper Carr: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.

Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"


Also because there is/was a jif format.

13 Nov 2012 04:25 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:26 PM
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist     

dv-ous: http://howtopronouncegif.com


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13 Nov 2012 04:26 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:27 PM
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/hot like hot

13 Nov 2012 04:27 PM
Mantour     
American word of the year: GIF

British word of the Year: omnishambles:

"Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word - defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations" - its top term of 2012."

Link

13 Nov 2012 04:29 PM
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assjuice: Snapper Carr: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?

 
The gun way annoys the hell out of me. I hope it's not correct.
 
Graphics Interchange Format
 
the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"
 
Also because there is/was a jif format.
 
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HARD G!!!

13 Nov 2012 04:33 PM
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13 Nov 2012 04:39 PM
Ambitwistor     

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Is it pronounced with the 'g' in gin or the 'g' in gun?


Oxford wimped out and refused to declare a preferred pronunciation:

"GIF may be pronounced with either a soft g (as in giant) or a hard g (as in graphic). The programmers who developed the format preferred a pronunciation with a soft g (in homage to the commercial tagline of the peanut butter brand Jiff, they supposedly quipped "choosy developers choose GIF"). However, the pronunciation with a hard g is now very widespread and readily understood. Whichever pronunciation you use, it should of course be the same for both the noun and the verb."

13 Nov 2012 04:42 PM
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