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What's the right way to pronounce 'GIF'?

"GIF versus JIF" is among the most debated topics in Internet geek history. But maybe now we can finally settle this! While Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, pronounces it "JIF," others reject this pronunciation and prefer to pronounce it with a hard G like... well... the way it's spelled and looks, just like the word "graphics." How should we pronounce Graphics Interchange Format, a.k.a. "GIF"?

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These two guys from Hello Generic went at it over the pronunciation and presented great arguments on both sides. WATCH, but it's clear the debate rages on!

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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.

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Furthermore, Gizmodo called out the founder, and flat-out said he's wrong about his own creation. HA!

Wilhite told The New York Times:

“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."

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But there are some G words that aren't pronounced how they look. They have a soft "G" sound like "giraffe," which is pronounced "jiraffe" or "gin," which is pronounced "jin." GIF is this same way.

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But the "JIF" pronunciation makes people think of the peanut butter. Plus, there are MANY more "G" words with the hard G sound. Nice try, Wilhite!

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