Definitive: GIF is Pronounced “jif”

Topic: Go Go Gadget 12 years, 2 months ago

I’ve been trying to convince everyone for years that GIF, as in the Graphics Interchange Format file format for images, is pronounced “jif” like in “jiffy”, not like in “gift”. But noooo, some people just don’t believe me.

Well Steve Olsen has kindly put together collected evidence on why it’s meant to be pronounced “jif”. Thanks Steve, for the great service to humanity you’ve done!

It’s pronounced like “jif”. Period. The end. That’s final. End of story.

See The GIF Pronunciation Page.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • . Kieren Po  |  12 years, 2 months ago

    Totally agree. As a user of GIF since the dark old days of CompuServe, /dʒɪf/ is definitely the correct way to pronounce it.

  • . Stephen Mok  |  12 years, 2 months ago

    I’m glad you knew all along! And yeah, my first encounter with GIF was actually on CompuServe… dark old days indeed! ;)

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