#1 By: Rob Beschizza, October 22nd, 2013 09:06
#2 By: Oliver Weichhold, October 22nd, 2013 11:21
#3 By: Stuart Anderson, October 22nd, 2013 11:44
FTA: "A GIF, pronounced jif ..."
Immediate and unquenchable rage. It's gif, and any other pronunciation is unacceptable.
That they have to steer people away from the natural pronunciation says it all.
#4 By: Boundegar, October 22nd, 2013 11:58
Wait, doesn't the G stand for Giraffics?
#5 By: Regular, October 22nd, 2013 12:28
For one, it doesn't matter that the g comes from graphics. For example, the u in SCUBA comes from underwater, but no one pronounces it scuh-bah.
Just pretend gif is like a short version of giraffe, it'll make your head hurt less.
#6 By: Stuart Anderson, October 22nd, 2013 12:36
Or pretend it's like a short version of gift.
#7 By: Regular, October 22nd, 2013 12:50
You could, but you'd be wrong. I get that language changes according to usage, but this doesn't seem to have any basis in cultural shift. It is simply a bunch of people that read a word online and never heard it spoken and made an incorrect assumption about its pronunciation. That's fine, just recognize your mistake.
#8 By: Boundegar, October 22nd, 2013 12:52
My head does not hurt, and henceforth all gifs of giraffes shall be pronounced with a soft G. Otherwise, normal linguistic rules apply. So let it be written - so let it be done.
#9 By: Adam, October 22nd, 2013 12:52
He sounds like he has a wonderful wife and an awful life:
Burke sits here alone in the dark day after day, for about 100 hours a week.... When she met Burke at a party about six years ago, he was 50 pounds lighter; a professor of communications and speech who lectured on media theory; and was working on his dissertation on feminist theory and poker, which he has not finished.
And now he's a famous GIF maker. There is a lesson here about work, culture, and the good life.
#10 By: Boundegar, October 22nd, 2013 12:56
He makes sure his three Mason jars are filled with water so he will not have to leave the room on the account of thirst.
Later, they will not be filled with water.
#11 By: ErnestValdemar, October 22nd, 2013 13:08
This post is incomplete without a link to the other Tim Burke, the academic blogger from Swarthmore who is one one the original (pre-9-11) bloggers who works in (brilliiant) prose.
#12 By: Rob Beschizza, October 27th, 2013 09:06
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