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Today's Poll: 07/01/2015

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What do you believe is the correct way to pronounce the name of the file format GIF? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
I have no idea what a GIF is
With a hard "g" like in the word "gift"
"Jif" as in the peanut butter
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LittledarlingEm
on 07/01/15
Potatoe potahtoe
Centaga
on 07/01/15
Its jif.
Hermione1017
on 07/01/15
d3vnu11 and 1 others liked this  
The G stands for Graphics. Hard G.
JonathanCPer
on 07/01/15
Ann1982 and 8 others liked this  
It drives me nuts when someone says it with a hard G and I will correct people sometimes lol Steve Wilhite created the Graphics Interchange Format and he says it's pronounced just like the peanut butter!
MamaCaroline
on 07/01/15
ZPat liked this  
I agree, but it is rarely actually pronounced this way. Lots of things were created with one intention and that intention is not honored or followed...and that seems to be the case in this situation.
Taenamyr
on 07/01/15
It's like people saying "zee" instead of Zed or spelling colour with out a U. People are lazy and make up their own things and don't care about the proper way to spell or pronounce things.
Rhodin
on 07/01/15
'Murica! http://bit.ly/1KrIoES
mikeyr6000le
on 07/01/15
jamielea777 and 1 others liked this  
Don't forget about those "lazy" people that don't say the letter H. It all depends on where you live, it has nothing to do with being lazy.
sarahcakes5
on 07/01/15
jamielea777 and 2 others liked this  
Color without U is the American spelling...
AthenaRose
on 07/01/15
Medinites liked this  
have more important things i think about
MamaCaroline
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 liked this  
Of course there are, but you've come here to comment anyway, so may as well enjoy the social debate!
Rhodin
on 07/01/15
Meloveply and 3 others liked this  
I like how the arguments over how to pronounce "gif" are just as intense as the ones where they ask about hot-button social issues.
tingles101
on 07/01/15
its logical ''gif'' is pronounced like jif
strategolegends
on 07/01/15
I pronounce it "Jif", but in the long tun, it doesn't really matter. It's a term for an image file, and something that will rarely be pronounced IRL. Even though I prefer the "Jif" pronunciation, I don't hate the hard-g pronunciation. I view it like the pronunciation of the word "route". Some people say "root", others say "rowte". Both are correct.
MamaCaroline
on 07/01/15
I hear GIF used commonly in conversation, actually. While it was created with the intention of the "jif" pronunciation, it is most commonly pronounced as "gift" without the T.
MamaCaroline
on 07/01/15
The creator intended it to be like Jif, the peanut butter, but if you pronounce it that way, no one will take you seriously. It is commonly and, by common use rule, properly pronounced like gift.
lilobambino
on 07/01/15
7alexb97 and 6 others liked this  
I know that pronouncing it with the "G" sound makes more sense since it does stand for 'graphics' but it is in fact pronounced as a "J"
inkygurl42
on 07/01/15
yes J
lilobambino
on 07/01/15
I think it's because when you say the letter "G" you make a "J" sound. Just my personal opinion ;)
dagdestine
on 07/01/15
oh yea your good is their a reason why your this flirtasxious
dagdestine
on 07/01/15
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ShadowWolf87
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 and 5 others liked this  
But really, how does one pronounce an initialism? Perhaps we should get the FBI and CIA on this.
MDHoosier
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 and 1 others liked this  
Or NASA?
zephyr359
on 07/01/15
MamaCaroline liked this  
FEMA?
jacoh
on 07/01/15
No clue what GIF is.
Weeweee
on 07/01/15
What!
Taenamyr
on 07/01/15
it's kind of sad that half the people here don't know how to pronounce gif.
girljen
on 07/01/15
Meloveply liked this  
Either way gets the point across.
KyleKatarn
on 07/01/15
BearTurtle and 4 others liked this  
The EnternaiNow app is now capped at a 10SB limit. It used to be 18SB a day. Now you have to watch 15 videos at a time, not 10. And now the 1SB for the swag button is gone. Where is everything going?
bunnygarl
on 07/01/15
I found out about the swagbutton today.. I thought it was me..sheesh!
masamomma
on 07/01/15
For me, you can add the Daily Crave button it has said( sorry, there was an error processing your requests, close window) for almost a week now.
sandi67
on 07/01/15
GIF stands for "Graphics Interchange Format". So it's hard G.
WellerGroove
on 07/01/15
Meloveply and 5 others liked this  
I know that the creator of the file format stated it should be like the peanut butter, but he's a better developer than he is a linguist.
ashleycluvsmusic
on 07/01/15
bpukwatra liked this  
I just spell it out lol
TheStoicOne
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 liked this  
It doesn't matter how anyone thinks it's pronounced. The inventor of the format, Steve Wilhite, has said it's pronounced as jif with a "J".
NYCHIK
on 07/01/15
I think he knows _> http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/22/tech/web/pronounce-gif/
MDHoosier
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 liked this  
Steve Wilhite created the Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, while working for Compuserve in 1987. When he received a Webby Award in 2013 for it, and delivered his five-word acceptance speech (that's all the Webbys allow), he flashed a GIF on the big screens at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

And, in a flash, it all became clear:

"It's pronounced JIF, not GIF."
TheBelaVrana
on 07/01/15
Meloveply and 3 others liked this  
It may be correct to say "jif" but I say "gif" anyway. Because.
NYCHIK
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 and 1 others liked this  
This was a hot topic a long time ago. It's JIF

GIF
jif,?if/
nounCOMPUTING
a lossless format for image files that supports both animated and static images.
"a GIF image"
a file in GIF format.
plural noun: GIFs
kevinrana
on 07/01/15
gjif
schubenator
on 07/01/15
Meloveply liked this  
imagery lingo
Lynda5
on 07/01/15
bunnygarl liked this  
This has to be the silliest swagbucks poll question ever. But I happily take the swagbuck!
nicknick119
on 07/01/15
TJP8gift liked this  
I've never pronounced it either way. The few times I have seen/read it I said all three letters
osbornc01
on 07/01/15
Smhdirtbiker12 and 4 others liked this  
I mean, the inventor of GIFs has said it's pronounced "jif".
Rhodin
on 07/01/15
earningswags and 1 others liked this  
I wonder why. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. The word "Graphics" starts with a hard "G". Is it because a G followed by an I is normally soft?
kimble24
on 07/01/15
Yes.
mattradach
on 07/01/15
DrJennBlossom and 1 others liked this  
I think it should be pronounced GEE-EYE-EFF
dusen
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 liked this  
"The proper pronounciation of the acronym is a soft "g" sound: like JIF. The creators of the format, Bob Berry & Steve Wilhite, claim that this soft "g" sound is used"
27platinum
on 07/01/15
earningswags and 1 others liked this  
In general, does it really matter? How often do most people need to say this acronym? I LIKE calling it gif vs. jif. It seems more logical to me.
christinaopara
on 07/01/15
The second way is the way I've always pronounced it.
rl33t
on 07/01/15
DrJennBlossom and 2 others liked this  
ask yourself does it stand for: Giraffics or Graphics Interchange Format?
BearTurtle
on 07/01/15
Anyone else maxing out on the mobile apps after 5 sets, not 9 like usual?
My Lifestylz and EntertaiNow both said max at 10 swagbucks
Rhodin
on 07/01/15
What about "Gife" or "Jeef"? Who needs phonics when you're on the internet?
omgscottlikewhoa
on 07/01/15
scenegraph and 2 others liked this  
TIL half of Swagbucks doesn't know how to pronounce GIF.
mdxfiejnd
on 07/01/15
omfg finally!
kimart4974
on 07/01/15
moarSAVplz and 3 others liked this  
Is this a life/death question? If so, I lost.
Darkbee
on 07/01/15
bunnygarl and 3 others liked this  
I think you'll be okay. Earth's rotation remains unaffected and there are no asteroids in the immediate vicinity. The only thing I can't account for is zombies but pretty sure you're safe there too.

Have a great day!
lea2206
on 07/01/15
bunnygarl and 3 others liked this  
jif, gif, or G.I.F. who cares. But I'm totally prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse though.
Darkbee
on 07/01/15
bunnygarl liked this  
Room in your shelter for one more? I fail at preparedness. *gulp*
saurav141213
on 07/01/15
i think it should be pronounced as gif because it is quite similar to gift
mattradach
on 07/01/15
Its also similar to the word gist
Darkbee
on 07/01/15
jennislattery and 3 others liked this  
Brightly colored, annoying flashing animations are not always a gift.

Just saying.
dagdestine
on 07/01/15
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dagdestine
on 07/01/15
jonylove i meant johnylove
Darkbee
on 07/01/15
LOL. Fail-troll is a fail. :D
FaireMom
on 07/01/15
jee-eye-eff
writergirl81
on 07/01/15
zephyr359 liked this  
I have heard it pronounced both ways. I tend to it like the Peanut Butter, though.
MackLee
on 07/01/15
Chaos24jr liked this  
Another damn poll where all choices are not available!!Who pronounces it anyway ?!? If I need to say to say it I pronounce all the letters,I spell it out, so the idiot I am talking to won't get into a time wasting, stupid discussion about how to pronounce it. More importantly when you spell it out there is little question what you are referring to.
dhawkins1228
on 07/01/15
CarryHatch and 9 others liked this  
When I say /gif/ to my co-workers, they all know I'm talking about a GIF file. But when I say /jif/, they think I'm talking about peanut butter. Even though GIF was originally pronounced /jif/, words evolve and "GIF" has become /gif/. It makes sense due to the fact that in the acronym GIF, the "g" stands for "graphic"...so there you go.
LeakyDucky
on 07/01/15
osbornc01 and 1 others liked this  
An acronym is generally pronounced as if it is a word and has nothing to do with the what it stands for (expanded). For instance:

CAT - Center for Anything Tasty (just made that acronym up) - isn't pronounced "sat"
CERT – Computer Emergency Response Team - isn't pronounced "kert"
GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program - isn't pronounced "imp"
IKEA, ... etc.

"Hello, this is Linus Torvalds, and I pronounce Linux as Linux." I'd say, the inventor of GIF has the say.
KaySlominator
on 07/01/15
I love voices of logic and reason. :D
dagdestine
on 07/01/15
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Darkbee
on 07/01/15
lea2206 and 2 others liked this  
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dagdestine
on 07/01/15
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Darkbee
on 07/01/15
lea2206 liked this  
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dagdestine
on 07/01/15
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ambritsmom40
on 07/01/15
earningswags and 1 others liked this  
How about an I don't really care choice
ArtieMassie
on 07/01/15
moarSAVplz and 2 others liked this  
According to Alex Trebek on Jeopardy, JIF is pronounced with a soft g as in Gif Peanut butter.
DarkShroud01
on 07/01/15
LeakyDucky liked this  
That's because the guy who developed the format used a play on words from the old Jiff peanut butter commercials. It wa s even a running joke in the tech lab where it was created.

"Choosey web developers choose G.I.F."
Lyuha
on 07/01/15
DBleu and 1 others liked this  
"I'm not gonna call it "jif". You invented the graphic interchange format, you didn't invent the way letters are pronounced. Letters existed before your f___ format. It's a s___ format anyway use PNG" - Maddox's I Hate BuzzFeed video.
qtbeauty
on 07/01/15
I just say G I F
lol where was this option?
chaoticangel14
on 07/01/15
earningswags and 1 others liked this  
Where's the I don't care how it's pronounced option? xD Tomayto tomahto lol
elfearz
on 07/01/15
qtbeauty liked this  
Neither. I've always said "G. I. F." As in each letter separately?

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