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#1 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22620473

Steve Wilhite told the New York Times that he was "annoyed" there was still a debate over how to say the acronym.

He added that the Oxford English Dictionary was wrong to say it could be pronounced both ways.

I hate to say it guys, Will Smith was right.

#2 Edited by TooWalrus (13156 posts) -
#3 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

So? Do we call Germany Deutschland? Austria Osterreich?

just because he created the thing doesn't mean he gets to decide how it's said.

#4 Edited by CrazyBagMan (839 posts) -

Graphics Interchange Format. I don't say graphics with a j sound(giraffics), why would I pronounce the acronym differently?

#5 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3851 posts) -

Never. I'll never call it jiff. I HAVE STANDARDS.

#6 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7074 posts) -

Does he pronounce it giraffics, too?

#7 Edited by mikey87144 (1719 posts) -

Human beings say Gif.

#8 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4337 posts) -
#9 Edited by Philedius (204 posts) -

Steve Wilhite? More like Steve WilSHITE! BOOM! Am I right, fellas? Keep on hard GIFin', brothas!

#10 Posted by laserbolts (5317 posts) -

If you say it with a J I honestly dont like you at all.

#11 Edited by Tarsier (1057 posts) -

YES

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@animasta said:

So? Do we call Germany Deutschland? Austria Osterreich?

Because Deutschland is spelled G-E-R-M-A-N-Y.

#13 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1178 posts) -

Internet "Like hell it is!"

#14 Posted by JouselDelka (967 posts) -

Steve Wilhite? More like Steve WilSHITE! BOOM! Am I right, fellas? Keep on hard GIFin', brothas!

Your energy inspires me, I thank you sir.

#15 Posted by Butano (1731 posts) -

While I usually tend to agree w/ the content creators, this one is something I just can't. Gif as in gangrene.

#16 Edited by carlthenimrod (1593 posts) -

Dude created it, he can have it pronounced however he wants. It is jiff. Hate it? Make your own image file format fuck face fucker!

#17 Posted by Sergio (2080 posts) -

Graphics Interchange Format. I don't say graphics with a j sound(giraffics), why would I pronounce the acronym differently?

Laser. AWOL. NATO. JPEG. LAN. MIDI.

An acronym is not a collection of phonemes, but graphemes. Basically, the pronunciation of the acronym is not based on the original words, and it doesn't matter how you pronounce the word "graphics."

Also, this subject has too many threads.

#18 Edited by believer258 (11776 posts) -

Well, he can try to put peanut butter in his computer all he wants to. I'll keep using GIF's, if I can ever get them to fucking work right.

#19 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

I'll change my pronunciation forever only if we all pronounce JPEG 'Gay-peg'.

#20 Edited by Dagbiker (6957 posts) -

I refuse to call it that. And I refuse to recognize his dominion over the Gif. He can keep his Jif format if he wants, but he can't have my Gif.

#21 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

How do we pronounce IMAP again? Is it with an "I" like in "Internet?"

#22 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

Someone just made a thread about this yesterday. Also, he's been saying this for a while.

#23 Posted by Snail (8593 posts) -

He's wrong.

#24 Edited by Subbeh (90 posts) -

Screw him, he invented the format not the English language!

#25 Edited by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

Fuck Dat Guy!

#26 Posted by Counterclockwork87 (652 posts) -

I've always said it like "JIF" so guess I get the last laugh. You people are in denial!

#27 Edited by LevelIchi (25 posts) -

I'll say "jif" when people start buying "jifts" for people instead of gifts.

#28 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I'll keep using GIF's, if I can ever get them to fucking work right.

On the forums or making them? Because there are easy solutions to both.

See?

#29 Edited by Blackout62 (1336 posts) -

It's a hard G and the only good that had come of this argument is this remix.

#30 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Linus Torvalds pronounces Linux differently from every other person on the planet. Does anyone care? Carry on pronouncing GIF your way and ignore Steve Willsmith if his pronunciation offends you.

#31 Edited by believer258 (11776 posts) -

@video_game_king: I can't seem to get them to post in the forums. Making them is an endeavour I've never pursued.

#32 Edited by Levio (1784 posts) -

Now I'm gonna get confused whenever someone brings up Jif peanut butter : (

Jif is great : )

#33 Posted by tourgen (4461 posts) -

hard lessons. once you put something out there it's never entirely yours anymore.

#34 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7074 posts) -

@video_game_king: I can't seem to get them to post in the forums. Making them is an endeavour I've never pursued.

Drag and drop works for me on Chrome.

#35 Edited by Linkster7 (1022 posts) -

I like my G's hard, not of that sissy soft jif stuff. Come on

#36 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5376 posts) -

Truthiness tells me otherwise. I'll continue to pronounce it with a hard G.

#37 Edited by LiquidPrince (15902 posts) -

Gif inventor is wrong.

#38 Posted by triple07 (1196 posts) -

No this man is clearly retarded. He should be stripped of his credit and deleted from the history books.If you say Jif you are talking about the peanut butter and I will hear no different.

#39 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I'll keep using GIF's, if I can ever get them to fucking work right.

On the forums or making them? Because there are easy solutions to both.

See?

What the hell is that creature?

#40 Edited by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

Unfortunate that the inventor of something so important is so illogical. Graphics. Hard G for fuck's sake.

#41 Edited by tonyp2121 (169 posts) -

While I know its wrong I'm not changing my pronunciation of gif.

#42 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

@believer258 said:

I'll keep using GIF's, if I can ever get them to fucking work right.

On the forums or making them? Because there are easy solutions to both.

See?

What the hell is that creature?

it's from an adult swim show, the squidbillies or something

#43 Edited by Skytylz (4031 posts) -

One of my friends told me this a year or two ago so I changed my pronunciation because I can learn from mistakes.

#44 Posted by jsnyder82 (730 posts) -

I'm sorry, but it's an acronym, not a real word. You can pronounce it however you want.

#45 Posted by Sergio (2080 posts) -

Unfortunate that the inventor of something so important is so illogical. Graphics. Hard G for fuck's sake.

I prefer J-Fegs.

#46 Edited by GaspoweR (2941 posts) -

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if the "G" stood for "GIRAFFE" then I'd be fine with that but no it stands for "GRAPHICS" with a hard G. I don't care what the creator says that's just weird. If I wanna say JIF then I'd be referring to peanut butter. :D

#47 Posted by Sergio (2080 posts) -

What all these similar threads have shown is that a lot of people don't know what acronyms are or how they work. Shows the sad state of our education system.

#48 Edited by dudeglove (7722 posts) -

@sergio said:

What all these similar threads have shown is that a lot of people don't know what acronyms are or how they work. Shows the sad state of our education system.

Such a sweeping jeneralization

#49 Edited by Reisz (1480 posts) -

Everyone else: "Keep telling yourself that Steve"

#50 Posted by GnomeonFire (710 posts) -

I say Graphic Interchange Format every time.