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News GIF pronounced 'jif', and don't you forget it!

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 22 May 2013.

  1. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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  2. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Ballaches! Who in their right mind pronounces it 'jif'. Get lost old man. You've got your award and some time back in the spotlight, so put your poo stirring stick away. Why don't you disappear into the ether again and remain forgotten like everyone else who's actually done something and leave the limelight to people who worked hard at being famous for doing nothing of any real significance, like steve jobs.
     
  3. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Go home, Steve "While-Hit-ee", you're drunk!
     
  4. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    GIF... Guh. IF

    No point in waiting decades before trying to correct people. Foolish man. Go home and play with your spring :p
     
  5. Jaybles

    Jaybles New Member

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    Urm... I do. Everyone has been pulling me up on it. And now I'M RIGHT!
     
  6. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Nah. Now, you're just as wrong as him :hehe:
     
  7. CrapBag

    CrapBag Well-Known Member

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    Is it a Jif or a jpg......my brain hurts.

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  8. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Let me quote something i found just now :
    Oh and you do pronounce JPEG aj JPEJ ?
     
  9. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    He hasn't waited decades - he's been telling people it's pronounced jif for years. Take this page, for example, created in 2001. Ever since CompuServe went live with the spec in 1987 its creators have been pronouncing it 'jif.' It's just the rest of the world who disagreed - and Steve Wilhite's been shouting into the void ever since. It's only now that he's got an award that the news agencies have picked up on the 'controversy' and are treating it like he'd never said it before...
    Amusing, but proves nothing: do you say g-iraffe, or jiraffe? G-ee or jee? G-eneral or jeneral?

    Don't get me wrong, I see the logic in it being the "graphics" interchange format, and therefore g-if - but acronyms are rarely pronounced according to their individual words. Take NASA: the first A is aeronautics - an 'eh' noise. You don't say 'NEHSA,' though. You say NASA. Nor do you say 'arrownautics.' Frankly, the inventor can say it's pronounced 'Jeffry' if he wants to - it's his creation.

    By that logic, we should all be pronouncing JPEG as "jayfeg." After all, the P is for "Photographic," so if the G in GIF has to be a hard G to match "Graphics," the P in JPEG has to be an F sound to match "Photographic."
     
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  10. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    He ain't very good at shouting is he? It's still far too late, you could publicise it everywhere and people won't change now.

    Besides, the first letter represents the word "Graphics", not "Jraphics"; which sounds a lot like a long necked quadruped, also spelt with a G. :lol:
     
  11. MjFrosty

    MjFrosty New Member

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    We're not wrong though, Steve. It begins with G. People don't say things out loud on the internet.

    Congratulations on your life time achievement award for domestic surface cleaner.
     
  12. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    And, as I have pointed out, the second letter of JPEG represents the word "Photographic" not "P-otographic," so we should be pronouncing JPEG as "jayfeg" if we're applying that kind of logic to the matter.
     
  13. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    I use a G. I will continue to do thus. I will continue to look at people funny when describe a graphic as Jiff, which I still associate with a cleaning product. That is all.
     
  14. Guinevere

    Guinevere Mega Mom

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    No! "P" is never pronounced "F". "PH" can be. So JPEG cannot be pronounced JPHEG!

    Sheesh...

    GIF is pronounced GIF with a hard "G". Same as girl, gigaflop, gift, gimp, give, girth, giggle, giddy, gizmo, gills and git.

    If he'd really wanted it to be pronounced 'jif' and cared so much about then he should have come up with a different acronym not one open to ambiguity.

    End. Of.

    But we can't blame the guy. His name is Steve Wilhite... which is too close to "Steve Will Hate" and "Steve Gob Shite" for my tastes.

    Time to move on everyone. Popular usage eclipses legacy use. Take the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin who had to change their name from the Wisconsin Tourism Federation and drop their WTF acronym and logo. True story.
     
  15. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    And where do Giraffes feature?
     
  16. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    As another misspelled word. ;)
     
  17. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    or generators (or should that be jenerators?)
     
  18. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Precisely. Plus gist, giant, gigantic, ginseng, ginger and gingerly. Fun fact: there are two Gs in the English Language: the soft G, and the hard G. Your list of words uses the hard G; my list of words uses the soft G. Note that there's no way of knowing which is which from the spelling.

    The fact remains: GIF is a soft G, and as a result is pronounced "jif" and (were it an actual word, rather than an acronym) would be in my list, not yours.
     
  19. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Now I understand why Jif had to rebrand to Cif.
     
  20. lava

    lava Member

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    Majority rules with this, gif more commonly used than jif. Heard a few people use jif before but the first time i heard it i wondered what the hell they were going on about.
     
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