CNN thought this debate was put to rest over five years ago. CNN's Doug Gross made this claim because the founder of Graphics Interchange Format Steve Wilhite pronounced "GIF" like "JIF" at the 2013 Webbies. Shouldn't the creator of the technology be the one to decide?
But of course, some folks are hardheaded. They pushed back with the trending "GIF" on Twitter.
“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
Gizmodo clapped back with:
"You hear that? They are wrong. He's saying we, the people of America, are wrong. It is a soft 'G', pronounced 'jif'. Sir, why did you not name it JIF like the peanut butter then! End of story. I have long thought the story was over too, but I'm guessing we're reading different books."
Gizmodo claimed that Wilhite's thinking on how we pronounce acronyms is off. One example: we don't pronounce JPEG as juh-peg, it's jay-peg. Hence, we pronounced "GIF" like it's a "Gift" minus the "t."