Every now and then I will hear someone mispronounce .gif and I’ll cringe in behalf of the person doing the mispronouncing.
It’s pronounced JIF, as in the peanut butter, not hard-G GIF, as in you are pronouncing it wrong.
The website Newsy published a thorough analysis of this matter yesterday and offered up what should be considered by anyone conclusive proof as to the proper pronunciation: a video of .gif inventor Steve Wilhite accepting a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. You can watch the entire three-minute clip if interested in the history of the .gif, or skip ahead to the 2:44 mark for that proof I mentioned.
As with victor and spoils, to the inventor goes the pronunciation.
Welcome regulars and passersby. Here are a few more recent buzzblog items. And, if you’d like to receive Buzzblog via e-mail newsletter, here’s where to sign up. You can follow me on Twitter here and on Google+ here.
- Thumbing through issue No. 1 of Network World.
- Why this is not the "best selfie ever."
- Apple's autocorrection of "lardass" doesn't make Kardashian the butt of a joke.
- In defense of assuming another's identity.
- For sale: The nuclear fallout bunker of your dreams.
- 2016's 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries.
- Networking pros slam AT&T for arming techs with iPads instead of laptops.
- Cisco Aironet APs + vinyl = awesome.
- Old-school sexting, as in circa 1969.
- "Unidentified" adapter no longer unidentified.
- Here's hoping no Amazon workers were harmed in the creation of this feature.
- Overhead projector vs. ceiling fan.
- "Someone has an issue with this rack."
- Geek-Themed Meme of the Week Archive.