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2012-11-13 01:07:54 PM
i818.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 01:37:09 PM
I can't wait till next year when JPEG overtakes it as word of the year.
 
2012-11-13 01:49:05 PM
i575.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 02:13:11 PM
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.
 
2012-11-13 02:39:58 PM
omnishambles

I gotta remember that word. We used the phrase Charlie Foxtrot in the army.
 
2012-11-13 02:51:45 PM
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.
 
2012-11-13 03:45:42 PM
i293.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 03:46:09 PM
The internet has gone permanently AOL level. So glad you all are here. Really
 
2012-11-13 03:55:17 PM
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.
 
2012-11-13 03:59:22 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-13 04:09:56 PM
i586.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:10:29 PM
i586.photobucket.com
 
 
2012-11-13 04:11:15 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.


J, like the peanut butter. At least that's what Compuserve peeps used to say about it.
 
2012-11-13 04:12:14 PM
eh, JIF, that is.
 
2012-11-13 04:12:31 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-13 04:14:22 PM
cdn2.screenjunkies.com
 
2012-11-13 04:14:31 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.


Graphics Interchange Format

the "g" in graphics is a hard "g" therefore, it's "g" as in "gun"
 
2012-11-13 04:14:42 PM
GILF has a better ring to it.

/seriously
 
2012-11-13 04:15:07 PM
"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.
 
2012-11-13 04:15:55 PM
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-13 04:16:03 PM
legacy-cdn.smosh.com
 
2012-11-13 04:16:53 PM
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
 
2012-11-13 04:17:01 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.


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.
 
2012-11-13 04:17:17 PM
So PNG in 2030?
 
2012-11-13 04:17:58 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"


Aaaaaand you'd be wrong.

Sort of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Interchange_Format#Pronunciati on

/tomato,tomahtoe,WTF
 
2012-11-13 04:18:14 PM
i478.photobucket.com 
 
2012-11-13 04:18:15 PM

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
 
2012-11-13 04:18:20 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:18:59 PM
www.playerzblog.com
 
2012-11-13 04:19:03 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"



i586.photobucket.com
Why don't you get back here and chum some of this GIF then?
 
2012-11-13 04:19:46 PM
BTW, the root is probably 'plebeian.'
 
2012-11-13 04:20:03 PM
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?
 
2012-11-13 04:20:55 PM
How about a gif of a Giff?

www.spelljammer.org
 
2012-11-13 04:22:12 PM
I predict this thread will become unloadable in an hour, at which point I'll have to come back and save some images.
 
2012-11-13 04:22:20 PM
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
 
2012-11-13 04:23:49 PM
i586.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:24:35 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:24:35 PM
i586.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:25:32 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"


Is NASA "nay sa"?

I say "jif"
 
2012-11-13 04:25:53 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"


Also because there is/was a jif format.
 
2012-11-13 04:26:09 PM
i478.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:26:45 PM

dv-ous: http://howtopronouncegif.com


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:27:10 PM
thumbs.newschoolers.com
 
2012-11-13 04:27:30 PM
tidbits.com

/hot like hot
 
2012-11-13 04:29:40 PM
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
 
2012-11-13 04:33:47 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.
 
i586.photobucket.com
 
HARD G!!!
 
2012-11-13 04:37:09 PM
i758.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:39:12 PM
i758.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:39:16 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:42:14 PM

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."
 
2012-11-13 04:44:01 PM
As the exclusive patent lawyer for Unisys, you'll all be getting a bill for use of the word.
 
2012-11-13 04:44:48 PM
This may be an obvious question, so apologies, but what the fark is a "dictionary"?
 
2012-11-13 04:45:04 PM
www.memes.at
 
2012-11-13 04:45:21 PM
The creator of the freakin' format pronounced it "JIF", and so did Compuserve, who released the first viewer. But that isn't the first time that people ignored the creator/discoverer of something and created their own pronunciation.
 
2012-11-13 04:46:34 PM

Sock Ruh Tease: [i.imgur.com image 377x246]


Did I make that?
 
2012-11-13 04:46:42 PM

RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: This may be an obvious question, so apologies, but what the fark is a "dictionary"?


It's kind of like a dead-tree version of Google "define:". Try it.
 
2012-11-13 04:52:22 PM
Meanwhile, in 1987...

imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 04:54:21 PM
Has anyone pointed out that GIF isn't even a word?
 
2012-11-13 04:55:19 PM
This thread needs more gifs.

i71.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 04:56:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:56:48 PM
img521.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 04:57:27 PM

Spartan_Manhandler: The creator of the freakin' format pronounced it "JIF", and so did Compuserve, who released the first viewer. But that isn't the first time that people ignored the creator/discoverer of something and created their own pronunciation.


So, you're saying that this whole pronunciation drama is because some idiot decided to be cute, tossing logic out the window?

/ screw them
// sow the wind
/// reap the whirlwind
 
2012-11-13 04:58:03 PM
img31.imageshack.usThe great GIF pronunciation fight of thread 7431985
 
2012-11-13 04:59:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:59:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 04:59:59 PM

100 Watt Walrus: [img31.imageshack.us image 201x151]The great GIF pronunciation fight of thread 7431985


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:00:44 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:00:45 PM
Translation for the reading impaired.
 
2012-11-13 05:01:33 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:01:58 PM

Joe Peanut: Translation for the reading impaired.


What the..... Image disappeared.
 
2012-11-13 05:02:18 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:02:24 PM

libranoelrose: Sock Ruh Tease: [i.imgur.com image 377x246]

Did I make that?


Maybe! (I got this one from Tumblr.) You did make a lot of good BB gifs though.
 
2012-11-13 05:02:26 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:03:34 PM
img819.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 05:03:42 PM
i.imgur.comi.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:04:37 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:05:20 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:06:04 PM
i386.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 05:06:35 PM
Can someone please explain to me what happened with APNG? It seemed incredibly awesome at one point, why is it not being used?
 
2012-11-13 05:07:03 PM

Sock Ruh Tease: libranoelrose: Sock Ruh Tease: [i.imgur.com image 377x246]

Did I make that?

Maybe! (I got this one from Tumblr.) You did make a lot of good BB gifs though.


i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:07:21 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:07:52 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:08:38 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:08:52 PM
i.imgur.com 

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:09:45 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:09:51 PM
i386.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 05:10:31 PM
 
2012-11-13 05:11:16 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:11:22 PM
i386.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 05:12:30 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:13:13 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:17:54 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:20:42 PM
 
2012-11-13 05:20:56 PM
dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-11-13 05:21:28 PM
I feel like surfing the World Wide Web.
 
2012-11-13 05:23:58 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.


The hard 'g' sound *should* be correct because it differentiates it, verbally, from "jif".
 
2012-11-13 05:26:09 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.


fark all of you soft g'ing it. fark you all with a broken POP bottle.
 
2012-11-13 05:32:32 PM

Xenomech: 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.

The hard 'g' sound *should* be correct because it differentiates it, verbally, from "jif".


Because English never uses homophones?
 
2012-11-13 05:50:08 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 05:57:32 PM

libranoelrose:


Who is this that can't handle lotion?
 
2012-11-13 05:58:18 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 06:02:35 PM

zulius: libranoelrose:

Who is this that can't handle lotion?


Just some random hot chick, I guess.
 
2012-11-13 06:05:45 PM
I promise not to inundate any of you under a phalanx of egregiously prolix and sesquipedalian verbosity in order to lend a simulacrum of verisimilitude to the assertion that I'm more perspicacious than you are because that would be vain.

/btw, i read that the inventors themselves preferred "jiff" as in the peanut butter
 
2012-11-13 06:17:53 PM

zulius: libranoelrose:

Who is this that can't handle lotion?


It gets the hose again.
 
2012-11-13 06:18:13 PM
Hi guys what's going on in thi---

i5.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 06:19:15 PM
img819.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 06:19:57 PM
img842.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 06:20:39 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 06:21:41 PM
i2.asntown.net
 
2012-11-13 06:24:54 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-13 06:29:01 PM
Moar! 

i2.asntown.net
 
2012-11-13 06:37:13 PM

JesseL: Because English never uses homophones?


WTF are you talking about? All British men are homophones. Duh.
 
2012-11-13 06:59:21 PM
Would any of you pronounciation experts care to inform me how to pronounce "cache"? This bothers me as much as "gif". I hear people using it three different ways. At least gif just has the two...
 
2012-11-13 07:11:00 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous: Would any of you pronounciation experts care to inform me how to pronounce "cache"? This bothers me as much as "gif". I hear people using it three different ways. At least gif just has the two...


"cash" per the OED:

kæʃ
Sounds like
k k as in card, park
æ a as in pat, attack
ʃ sh as in shop, dish
 
2012-11-13 07:36:51 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.


me 2. but just think of it as GIFT without a T.

T goes TAH.

ideaelevator.co
 
2012-11-13 08:21:37 PM
I would've gone with GFY.
 
2012-11-13 08:24:26 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


We already have a perfectly cromulent word for this - "clusterfark".
 
2012-11-13 09:33:12 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous: Would any of you pronounciation experts care to inform me how to pronounce "cache"?


Its "cash", one syllable.

And .GIF sounds like GRIFF without the R. Its astounding that there are learned people think "graphics" would be pronounced with a soft G. "Giraffics"?

Anyone requesting a "JIF" better not complain when they get peanut butter slathered across their upper lip.
 
2012-11-13 09:54:28 PM
BMP
 
2012-11-13 09:55:45 PM
BMP < GIF JPEG PNG SVG

small>/damn HTML formatting</small>
 
2012-11-13 10:51:04 PM

cedarpark: BMP < GIF JPEG PNG SVG Cave Painting Smoke Signal

FTFY

 
2012-11-13 11:29:17 PM
Actually, this is a repeat from 1987.

Oh god how I recall sitting on my Amigas (I had 3), waiting for my GIF porn images to download. Minutes. Minutes.

Then you get that one, looks good, nice nice, lady, no top, ok legs look spread- me likey. Wait. No wait wait wait noooooooooo OH CHRIST NO fark MY EYES.

Then having your mother come in at that moment hearing you scream and seeing the loaded GIF of some lady spread out with a turd dangling from her exhaust and a guy with doodie-crumbles around his lips playing the Turd Burglar.

Yeah. GIF. People don't realize though how much we owe that format- the first universal image format as I recall.
 
2012-11-13 11:33:22 PM
i146.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 11:35:48 PM
i146.photobucket.com

i146.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-14 01:06:26 AM

Uzzah: Feral_and_Preposterous: Would any of you pronounciation experts care to inform me how to pronounce "cache"? This bothers me as much as "gif". I hear people using it three different ways. At least gif just has the two...

"cash" per the OED:

kæʃ
Sounds like
k k as in card, park
æ a as in pat, attack
ʃ sh as in shop, dish


Funbags: Feral_and_Preposterous: Would any of you pronounciation experts care to inform me how to pronounce "cache"?

Its "cash", one syllable.

And .GIF sounds like GRIFF without the R. Its astounding that there are learned people think "graphics" would be pronounced with a soft G. "Giraffics"?

Anyone requesting a "JIF" better not complain when they get peanut butter slathered across their upper lip.


Thank you! The "catch" and "cashé" pronounciations really annoy me (when referring to computers, anyhow). Also: data and forte mispronounciations hit the same nerve. Agree about GIF, that's how I've aways pronounced it. I usually defer to the intentions of the inventors, but since there are other things pronounced "jif", I suppose I'll just be a hypocrite on this one...
 
2012-11-14 08:03:15 AM
i spell out GIF. why? because i'm not some meth addict in a hurry that needs everything in one syllable
 
2012-11-14 07:21:08 PM
I would say gif is a word, when used as a noun. You could say "I need to put these gifs on a disk for tomorrow." You wouldn't be putting "graphics interchange formats" on the disk, but rather image files in the .gif format which are commonly referred to as gifs.

But when is it ever used as a verb?
 
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