Gif or Jif?

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How do you prounance Gif?

Gif
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Jif
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Gif or Jif?

Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 22 May 2013, 11:16

So apparently a GIF is meant to be pronounced as "Jif"

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I've never heard it pronounced "Jif" since I often see it written on the interwebs, not spoken, but how do you say it?

Personally, I say it with a hard G, since GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and you don't pronounce Graphics with a "J" sound but rather a hard "G" sound.

Plus if you're Eastern European/Balkans, wouldn't that J then become a Y? Which would be even more confusing.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby King Kool » 22 May 2013, 11:40

I say Biff.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Keab42 » 22 May 2013, 11:43

I've always pronounced it Gif, because I'd only ever seen it written down and that's how it made sense to pronounce it for me. For pretty much the same reasons as Valkyrie-Lemons.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby auberginequeen » 22 May 2013, 11:45

I say "gif" with a hard G or else I can't help but think of peanut butter.

On that note:

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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby empath » 22 May 2013, 11:59

...that looks a LOT like a friend of mine. :shock:

But yeah, I say it with a hard G because it's an acronym with the first letter based on a word with a hard 'g' sound.

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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Elomin Sha » 22 May 2013, 12:09

Jif used to be grease cleaner in the UK and also named for something squirted on pancakes during Pancake Tuesday.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Yaxley » 22 May 2013, 12:11

I not only pronounce it with a hard g, but also a long i, just to be difficult.

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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Merrymaker_Mortalis » 22 May 2013, 14:41

I don't prenounce it as it's a term that never comes up in verbal communications.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Sieg Reyu » 22 May 2013, 14:44

Gi makes a J sound. Giraffe, Giant, Gibberish. It only makes sense.

But English is stupid.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Graham » 22 May 2013, 14:46

Hard G for life, don't even care.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Ptangmatik » 22 May 2013, 14:50

Elomin Sha wrote:Jif used to be grease cleaner in the UK and also named for something squirted on pancakes during Pancake Tuesday.


Damn straight.

You wanted to be careful about keeping those two separate too, otherwise pancake day would be horrific
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 22 May 2013, 14:51

Sieg Reyu wrote:Gi makes a J sound. Giraffe, Giant, Gibberish. It only makes sense.

But English is stupid.


What about Git, Gimp or Gill?


Ptangmatik wrote:
Elomin Sha wrote:Jif used to be grease cleaner in the UK and also named for something squirted on pancakes during Pancake Tuesday.


Damn straight.

You wanted to be careful about keeping those two separate too, otherwise pancake day would be horrific


Ha, I remember always been confused by the two. I always wondered why they had the same name.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Sieg Reyu » 22 May 2013, 14:57

Valkyrie-Lemons wrote:
Sieg Reyu wrote:Gi makes a J sound. Giraffe, Giant, Gibberish. It only makes sense.

But English is stupid.


What about Git, Gimp or Gill?


Sieg Reyu wrote:But English is stupid.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby LogicSword » 22 May 2013, 15:04

Valkyrie-Lemons wrote:
Ptangmatik wrote:
Elomin Sha wrote:Jif used to be grease cleaner in the UK and also named for something squirted on pancakes during Pancake Tuesday.


Damn straight.

You wanted to be careful about keeping those two separate too, otherwise pancake day would be horrific


Ha, I remember always been confused by the two. I always wondered why they had the same name.


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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Lord Hosk » 22 May 2013, 15:06

Dear inventor of thing I dont care what you say Jif makes no sense I dont care what stupid peanut butter reference you were going for you invented a means to transmit graphics not jafics.

I also like the reference to "A coiner effectively loses control of a word once it's out there..."

Kinda like when al gore invented the internet he didnt think it would be used exclusively for porn and stealing movies. When JVC invented the VHS they didnt think it would be used exclusively for porn and stealing movies, and when Sony developed home DVDRs they didnt think they would be used exclusively for... wait a minute When the new york times created times square they...

OK there is a trend developing here.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Lavos » 22 May 2013, 15:06

we used to have an animated gif thread somewhere, and one of the prominent users (her name slips my mind :() called it jiff, and i've called it jiff ever since 8)
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Ptangmatik » 22 May 2013, 15:08

LogicSword wrote:
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THAT'S What I was thinking of! Trying to remember where I remember that from has been driving me nuts. Thanks Logic
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Drecon » 22 May 2013, 15:20

I always pronounce it in the dutch way, with a hard, scraping, guttural G (it's akin to the Scottish G, as in "Loch").
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby King Kool » 22 May 2013, 15:22

Graham wrote:Hard G for life, don't even care.


Wasn't that Hard G your gang name when you were in the Bloodz?
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Can't Wear Hats » 22 May 2013, 15:41

Hard G is the only way. You know what, Mr Wilhite?

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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Lord Hosk » 22 May 2013, 16:56

I love the gif so much because the glasses miss his eyes, it works on multiple levels.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby tamaness » 22 May 2013, 19:31

Apparently it's a big issue? Either pronunciation is acceptable.
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Sieg Reyu » 22 May 2013, 19:49

Lavos wrote:we used to have an animated gif thread somewhere, and one of the prominent users (her name slips my mind :() called it jiff, and i've called it jiff ever since 8)

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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby psychopompos » 22 May 2013, 22:54

Sieg Reyu wrote:
Valkyrie-Lemons wrote:
Sieg Reyu wrote:Gi makes a J sound. Giraffe, Giant, Gibberish. It only makes sense.

But English is stupid.


What about Git, Gimp or Gill?


Sieg Reyu wrote:But English is stupid.


FUN FACT! One of the easiest ways of telling whether an English word that starts with G comes from a Germanic or a Romance language is to look at its pronunciation!

Words that come from Anglo-Saxon, Danish, or Norse will tend to begin with /g/ (hard G), like get, give, gill, etc. On the other hand, words come from French, Latin, or even Greek (YES I KNOW IT'S NOT A ROMANCE LANGUAGE JUST ROLL WITH IT) will begin with a /dʒ/ (soft G, or J), such as gist, gem, gyroscope, etc.

However, I don't know exactly what the protocol is for acronyms. Largely because acronyms in English were INCREDIBLY uncommon before 1900, and didn't really become ubiquitous until World War II. So, pronounce it how you want.

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(but yeah, it's totally /gɪf/)
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Re: Gif or Jif?

Postby Geoff_B » 22 May 2013, 23:20

Give it a few years, and it'll be rebranded as Cif (in the UK at least :D)

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