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Poll: How do you pronounce GIF?

  • 0: GIF
  • 1: GIF
  • 2: GIF

Well, which is it?


Throat Wobbler Mangrove.



Entered into evidence:


I don’t think the poll plugin is working anymore.


It refuses to work on stupid polls!


I pronounce it with a silent g.


Can you add an option for ‘other’?


/gɪf/. /d͡ʒɪf/ sounds stupid.


This is the most important question in modern society!


How do you pronounce GIF?:
That is the question
Whether 'tis Nobler on the tongue to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous pronunciations,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of affricates,
And by opposing end them:

To be plosive, perchance to be velar; aye, there’s the rub…


I did, I used the olde English spelling though.


I pronounce it correctly.


I pronounce it bag-EL. I spent some time in New York a couple of years ago.


Todd’s pronunciation is correct; it has a woody sound.



Wait - people say “Jif”?

What is this? Peanut Butter?



The creators of the format pronounced GIF as “jif” with a soft “G” /ˈdʒɪf/ as in “gin”. Steve Wilhite says that the intended pronunciation deliberately echoes the American peanut butter brand, Jif, and CompuServe employees would often say “Choosy developers choose GIF”, spoofing this brand’s television commercials.

An alternative pronunciation with a hard “G” (/ˈɡɪf/ as in “graphics”, for which it stands) is in widespread usage.


Creators don’t always know best then haha


More of a “Death of the Author” fan? :wink: