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GIF Becomes Word of the Year 2012

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the in-other-arbitrary-news dept.

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mikejuk writes "GIF started out as a humble acronym 25 years ago, entered common parlance as the format used for web graphics and now achieves fame as a verb by becoming Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year 2012. GIF as a noun has always been an all-capital letter noun. Becoming a verb has caused problems concerning the use of capital and lower case letters. The common form is to keep the noun in caps and add the verbal endings in lower case — as in GIFed,GIFing), However, an all lower-case spelling with the f duplicated (giffed, giffing) is also being used."

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But how does it sound? (2)

MrLint (519792) | about 2 years ago | (#42028357)

Are they going to publish it with the incorrect pronunciation that "everyone" says is correct?

Re:But how does it sound? (4, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42028449)

I came to say the exact same thing, but I clicked through the maze of links first, and found [oxforddictionaries.com] :

Pronunciation: /jif, gif/

The OED describes, not prescribes.

Re:But how does it sound? (4, Funny)

preaction (1526109) | about 2 years ago | (#42028893)

YES! Now I can say "jif" and NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! The world shall soon be mine!

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#42029043)

as long as you are talking peanut butter..... you got it...

Re:But how does it sound? (4, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#42029227)

Hmm...more important that pronounciation...

Does anyone actually even USE gifs anymore??

I've not heard anyone even mention them in decades for the most part...

Aside from the odd animated gif here and there, I've not really thought I'd encountered one in a LONG time...

Shocked to see it as word of the year...

Re:But how does it sound? (2)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#42028455)

You're seriously going prescriptivist on an initialism that exists only because of natural descriptivist language?

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028787)

The act of speaking isn't itself "descriptivist", bro.

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028789)

Is that a fancypants way of saying he's going medieval on someone's ass?

Re:But how does it sound? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028465)

I hope they publish it with the hard G so that becomes the accepted pronunciation. Face it, the soft G version just sounds dumb.

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028591)

Seconded!

Re:But how does it sound? (2, Informative)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 2 years ago | (#42028897)

More importantly, it conflicts. JIFF is another (albeit obscure) name for JPEG. (Joint Photographic Experts Group Image File Format.)

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028515)

You mean jif?

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#42028717)

The first time I head somebody say "jiff format" I had no idea what they were on about. True story.

It's a 'G'. We say girl, gun, gimp, giga... not jirl, jun, jimp, jigger.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

Hadlock (143607) | about 2 years ago | (#42028793)

Cue the gibs vs jibs Quake/John Carmack pronunciation argument from 1996

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

FreonTrip (694097) | about 2 years ago | (#42028885)

"Gibs" like "giblets." Simple.

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028807)

said the giant gigolo.

Re:But how does it sound? (4, Funny)

jandrese (485) | about 2 years ago | (#42028809)

No, it make sense, because it's the Jiraffics Interchange Format.

Re:But how does it sound? (3, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 2 years ago | (#42028863)

I think everyone sees your general gist. Wait...

Re:But how does it sound? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028867)

Giga is pronounced with a hard G? Great Scott...

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

pezpunk (205653) | about 2 years ago | (#42028873)

pronounce the following:

1.21 gigawatts

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

networkBoy (774728) | about 2 years ago | (#42029061)

Damn you...
Even in his voice and now it's stuck in my head....

Well played
[ /hat tip ]

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 2 years ago | (#42028929)

It's a 'G'. We say girl, gun, gimp, giga... not jirl, jun, jimp, jigger.

Not to mention gift.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

The Moof (859402) | about 2 years ago | (#42028985)

It's a 'G'. We say girl, gun, gimp, giga... not jirl, jun, jimp, jigger.

We also say giant, giraffe, and Geoff, not "guy-ant," "ger-aff," and "Go-eff"

Re:But how does it sound? (3, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#42029125)

Those either have diphthongs or are bastardized versions of a weird foreign word (giraffe).

Do you have an example of a word that starts with "gif..." where the 'g' is pronounced like 'j'?

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42029171)

Speak for yourself, you insensitive clod!

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 2 years ago | (#42029019)

There are plenty of words pronounced with a "gentle" G, such as Gentoo. However, I think the logic (hey, another soft g) is that the initial G in GIF stands for graphics, so it should be pronounced the same way.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 2 years ago | (#42029241)

Actually I have always pronounced gentoo with a hard G, but that could just be me

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

pezpunk (205653) | about 2 years ago | (#42029071)

"giga" has the same greek root as the word "giant". the soft "g" (as in "gist") is the original and preferred pronunciation of "giga". tech nerds are to blame for getting it wrong with the common pronunciation of "gigabyte".

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42029083)

The first time I head somebody say "jiff format" I had no idea what they were on about. True story.

Because you're actually a robot with a particularly poorly-coded and completely intolerant-of-regional-accent voice recognition?

But really, in all seriousness, I've got this hilarious mental image in my head of an overweight, pimply-faced nerd (most likely with Asperger's) hearing someone call it "jiff", and just staring back with a blank, utterly gobsmacked expression because he's apparently so hardwired in his ideas and completely divorced from any social interaction whatsoever outside his chat channels as to be entirely unable to interpolate what could, by any other reasonable human being, be chalked up to either a regional accent or dialect and understood easily.

I just get that image in my head, laugh at the pitiful joke of a human being who can't figure this out and decides to brag about this fact as if this were supposed to be a point of pride, and with that on my mind, I can smile to myself and realize that I may not be the super-rich, ultra-trendy nerd that others seem to be, but there are those out there far, far more pathetic than I am.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

MrLint (519792) | about 2 years ago | (#42029141)

Giraffe.

Re:But how does it sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028555)

http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail51.html [homestarrunner.com]

"Okay, next on the checklist: lots of animated GIFs! or... GIFs... or however you say it. I don't know. I heard a couple of nerds arguing about it one time."

CAPTCHA: accent

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 2 years ago | (#42028577)

Are they going to publish it with the incorrect pronunciation that "everyone" says is correct?

When people pronounce it "dchiff", I understand that they refer to "Giraffic Interchange Format".

Hint to the masses: If something is written in all caps, and you're not sure how or whether it should be pronounced, please don't. Just read each letter.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

zeroryoko1974 (2634611) | about 2 years ago | (#42028695)

I have always pronounced it Gif, even though I know it is wrong, and jif is correct. I figure if people can get away with hair ace ment instead of hair ass ment I can do this :D

Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028725)

Jiff. As in Giraffics Interchange Format.

Fucken hard G fagets need to accept the truth and shut their fucken faget mouths. Compuserve fuck the world, fagets.

Re:But how does it sound? (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 2 years ago | (#42029179)

Pronounce it like "gift" but without the "t"

silly (5, Insightful)

FalseModesty (166253) | about 2 years ago | (#42028365)

It's 25 years old. How can it be the word of this year?

Re:silly (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028395)

I'm amazed GIF made it, they haven't even added "sausage" to the dictionary yet.

Re:silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028475)

...and what, exactly, does it mean "to gif" something?

"I can't come to the phone right now, I'm giffing"

"You're on MTV's GIF'd!"

Is it better to gif or to receif? ...wtf???

Re:silly (1)

MurukeshM (1901690) | about 2 years ago | (#42028639)

In football (the association one), it's quite common to have animated GIFs of various match events, a poor man's highlights video. Often enough, these appear during the match itself, much before the videos do. So this is one case where someone might logically ask, "Has that goal been GIFed yet?"

Re:silly (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 2 years ago | (#42029067)

...and what, exactly, does it mean "to gif" something?

Well... it involves furries, and you probably don't want to know.

Waitaminite. It that a 'G'? Then never mind. Pretend you never asked, and try not to find the answer on your own.

Re:silly (4, Funny)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 2 years ago | (#42028489)

It's 25 years old. How can it be the word of this year?

Silly you, we had to wait 'till all patents on it expired.

Re:silly (4, Funny)

Ossifer (703813) | about 2 years ago | (#42028625)

Yeah, GIF was so '89... or maybe it was '89a...

Just in time (4, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 2 years ago | (#42028381)

Who even uses GIF anymore?

Re:Just in time (3, Informative)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 2 years ago | (#42028447)

Who even uses GIF anymore?

All the young people these days seem to be making funny little animated gifs of things.

Quite strange. It feels like geocities.

Now, while you're partying like it's 1999, please get off my lawn.

Re:Just in time (2)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#42028533)

It is kind of annoying that they couldn't have settled on a better quality format..

Re:Just in time (3, Insightful)

jandrese (485) | about 2 years ago | (#42028847)

PNG tried, but they had no traction on MNG, so they reworked it into APNG and still had no takers.

Re:Just in time (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42028501)

My experience has been that it gives you better compression than PNG, if you can fit your image in 256 colors, and don't need a full alpha channel.

For some reason there's a trend of converting movies to animated gifs [gifsoup.com] .

Re:Just in time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028621)

If you make your PNG only use 256 colors and save it as an 8-bit image, PNG will win more often than not. If only APNG would become a thing.

Re:Just in time (2)

jandrese (485) | about 2 years ago | (#42029093)

The problem is that it is not the default. When you compress something with PNG, more often than not whatever program you're using will decide to use a full 24 bit colorspace with alpha channel added and bloat the file up. With GIF that never happens, so people think GIFs are just smaller. Of course GIFs often look like dithered messes too, so there is a tradeoff.

Re:Just in time (3, Insightful)

SourceFrog (627014) | about 2 years ago | (#42028941)

If that's your experience, you're almost certainly using an inferior PNG encoder (yes, PNG compression works in ways that effectively allow 'bad implementations' to create larger files :/ .. one of the big things that held it back was a common misconception that it gave inferior compression due to a popular image manipulation package (Photoshop) that had a shitty PNG implementation. With a proper encoder, basically the only time GIF should give you smaller filesizes, is on very small images (e.g. 10x10 pixels), where the size is anyway usually maybe a couple hundred bytes (though this can make some difference, depending on the scale of your application (e.g. if you were tasked on optimizing the size of something that appears on Google's front page that must be delivered trillions of times), it might still be worth bothering to figure out which is smaller in that case, but usually the difference is negligible).

Re:Just in time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028507)

Who even uses GIF anymore?

Everyone, because no other image format supports animation.

Re:Just in time (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 2 years ago | (#42028685)

Everyone, because no other image format supports animation.

ORLY [wikipedia.org] now [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Just in time (4, Interesting)

bennomatic (691188) | about 2 years ago | (#42028565)

The best use I've ever seen of GIFs: If We Don't, Remember Me [tumblr.com] .

Re:Just in time (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 years ago | (#42028735)

It's pretty much reddit's fault. Still a blight on the internet.

wasn't this GIFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028389)

am I misremembering it, I thought the original was GIFF - graphics interchange file format.

Re:wasn't this GIFF (1)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#42028429)

Who cares? No one uses that. Do you use "thou" and "thy" and shit?

Re:wasn't this GIFF (3, Funny)

codewarren (927270) | about 2 years ago | (#42028575)

No one uses that. Do you use "thou" and "thy" and shit?

Yes to the third one.

Re:wasn't this GIFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028749)

Yes to the third one.

I think you meant the turd one.

HTH, HAND

Re:wasn't this GIFF (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 2 years ago | (#42028619)

Who cares? No one uses that. Do you use "thou" and "thy" and shit?

Of course, thou shit. Now get thy shit in order.

Re:wasn't this GIFF (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#42028509)

You are possibly thinking about TIFF.

Re:wasn't this GIFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028663)

Yeah - Tagged Image File Format.

Re:wasn't this GIFF (1)

gmack (197796) | about 2 years ago | (#42028553)

People call it by it's extension and Dos only had 3 letter extensions.

A bit late (4, Interesting)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#42028427)

It's been obsoleted by PNG for more thanlike 15 years now. They could just as well choose floppy.

Re:A bit late (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028463)

sure, but animated PNG support is sketchy still and there aren't as many tools available

Re:A bit late (1)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#42028471)

Animated PNGs are a lot more rare than GIFs.

Re:A bit late (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#42028549)

Thank God!

Re:A bit late (1)

Eric S. Smith (162) | about 2 years ago | (#42028499)

People turn little video clips into animated GIFs for joke purposes. Theyâ(TM)re not posting MNG (or whatever the carefully designed and basically unused animated PNG format was called) to their Tumblrs.

Re:A bit late (2)

Eric S. Smith (162) | about 2 years ago | (#42028539)

Still no Unicode support here at Slashdot, I see, speaking of outdatedness.

Re:A bit late (1)

shaitand (626655) | about 2 years ago | (#42028633)

Not often... that is what flash is for.

Re:A bit late (1)

jandrese (485) | about 2 years ago | (#42029119)

As far as I understand it, MNG and APNG are not well supported by browsers, and without browser support, the formats are dead.

Re:A bit late (2)

kybur (1002682) | about 2 years ago | (#42028721)

Not really. People are using GIFs for animation. PNGs don't support that. Many browsers don't support APNGs. Regular PNGs didn't even work correctly in IE6, which took way too long to die.

Re:A bit late (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028895)

Browser support for animated PNGs (MNGs) is piss poor and FARRRRRR from universal.

Animate a GIF, and everyone will see all of it's frames, and not merely the first frame only.

Re:A bit late (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 2 years ago | (#42029157)

It's been obsoleted by PNG for more thanlike 15 years now. They could just as well choose floppy.

Because it takes several years and must meet several requirements in order to become an "official" English word. Otherwise they would be adding thousands of words every year used for one week and then forgotten.

next year (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028437)

PNGed!

MILF (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028453)

... at least its more contemporary

It sounds like this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028461)

Graphics Interchange Format is the long form that the acronym replaces... so GIF should sound just like "gift" without a "t."

fri5t psot! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028467)

Crrek, abysmal

How's that spelled? (1)

hedgemage (934558) | about 2 years ago | (#42028503)

GIF is a word I use in writing, but never in speech. To this day, I honestly don't know if I should say "ghiff" or "jiff".

Re:How's that spelled? (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 2 years ago | (#42028859)

I tend to use the same sound as the word that the letter abbreviates, in this case "graphic".

GFE is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028517)

I prefer GFE over GIF on my local BP

No gifs for me (1)

paiute (550198) | about 2 years ago | (#42028525)

I prefer to jaypayg my images.

But but but.... (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#42028547)

But... GIFs are so last century! There used to be a joke "beware of geeks bearing gifs" but not even geeks get it anymore.

Oxford, welcome to the nineties. You might want to check your PC clock. I think the battery died.

Re:But but but.... (1)

sjbe (173966) | about 2 years ago | (#42028727)

There used to be a joke "beware of geeks bearing gifs" but not even geeks get it anymore.

Maybe you youngsters. Get off my lawn...

Verb form: no (2)

crow (16139) | about 2 years ago | (#42028585)

The issue with the verb form is not how to handle adding suffixes to an upper-case initialism, the issue is that people would thing do verb that noun in the first place. While I've heard lots of people talk about GIFs, I would get all GIFed if I actually heard someone verb "GIF." That's just GIFing stupid.

Seriously, does anyone do that?

Nobody uses GIF as a verb (1)

sjbe (173966) | about 2 years ago | (#42028713)

Seriously, does anyone do that?

I can't say it has never happened but I've certainly never heard anyone use GIF as a verb and I'm old enough to remember when GIF images were a new thing. Never even occurred to me that anyone would use it as a verb.

Of course I resolutely refuse to use Google as a verb as well. Google is a company name and the activity I'm usually doing with their website is called "searching" which is a perfectly satisfactory verb that even works when using a website not made by Google.

Re:Nobody uses GIF as a verb (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 2 years ago | (#42028927)

I can't say it has never happened but I've certainly never heard anyone use GIF as a verb and I'm old enough to remember when GIF images were a new thing. Never even occurred to me that anyone would use it as a verb.

I would suggest that the people using GIF as a verb were not around when GIFs were new.

Re:Verb form: no (3, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 2 years ago | (#42028905)

the issue is that people would thing do verb that noun in the first place

err, what was that?

First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs.

- Peter Ellis

Seriously? (1, Interesting)

shaitand (626655) | about 2 years ago | (#42028613)

I've never heard anyone use GIF except to describe an image that is a GIF because they are doing something with graphics. It isn't exactly a day to day word or something laymen use... random teens on Facebook would still have no idea what a GIF is.

Re:Seriously? (2)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about 2 years ago | (#42029109)

random teens on Facebook would still have no idea what a GIF is.

Get hep, daddy-o. Animated GIFs [huffingtonpost.com] are bad. Or whatever the kids call it these days. They're an easy and widely-supported means to get short video clips out.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Rytr23 (704409) | about 2 years ago | (#42029159)

I beg to differ. I imagine many more random teens than you imagine are aware of what gifs are.. See Reddit.com Well, I guess if your random teens are all white upper middle to upper class ones..

From the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028815)

"This annual honor goes to a word that in some way embodies the ethos of the year and is selected by a panel of judges.The choice for 2102 is the verb GIF, meaning to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event) as in he GIFed the highlights of the debate." According to the article the noun GIF is the word of the year. In the year 2102, the verb GIF will be word of the year. Will people still be using that word or the file format in that year?

Goddamned Gawker Media Still (1)

scorp1us (235526) | about 2 years ago | (#42028851)

Uses animated GIFS on Deadspin. MNG anyone?

limerick (4, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#42028923)

Some geeks wanted a way to make glyphs
They named their new standard GIF
Now the formats obsolete
But tweeting the word is l33t
And real dweebs continue to use TIFF

A great rejoicing ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42028935)

... was heard from /b/tards across the world.

GIZ (4, Funny)

g4b (956118) | about 2 years ago | (#42028943)

I say GIZ would be a nice format for zlibbed gif. it would also ease the use as a verb.

How timely (4, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#42029231)

What's going to be Word of the Year for 2013? "RealPlayer"?
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