jlw at February 20th, 2014 21:55 — #1
funruly at February 20th, 2014 22:06 — #2
Don't miss the sequel!
The set-up, via his Borsness: https://medium.com/matt-bors/30172fbb335d
justgoodsense at February 20th, 2014 22:08 — #3
Where is the honor in pronouncing a word wrong?
daneel at February 20th, 2014 22:08 — #4
I never realized anyone didn't pronounce it Jif.
mikemcl at February 20th, 2014 22:22 — #5
We should get Gillian Anderson and Gillian Jacobs in on this.
marjae at February 20th, 2014 22:23 — #6
I have never heard anyone pronounce it jif or gif, only ever dzjif.
I know in old English, g can sometimes mean j, but in modern English, it usually means dzj or g.
Also, doge refers to the elected duke of the republic of Venice.
acerplatanoides at February 20th, 2014 22:27 — #7
But that's peanut butter.
jackbird at February 20th, 2014 22:30 — #8
Since nobody is speaking up for the other side:
.gif stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Graphics, not jraphics.
EDIT: And .jpeg stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group.
daneel at February 20th, 2014 22:33 — #9
It's cleaning stuff. Or it was until some moron renamed that to Cif.
smartr at February 20th, 2014 22:45 — #10
newliminted at February 20th, 2014 22:47 — #11
I'm a long-standing member of the hard-g crowd.
stevekiwi at February 20th, 2014 22:47 — #12
This is what I tell my wife every time we have the .gif argument. She still doesn't agree with me. It's like the whole climate change argument, you can show them the science but they already believe something else.
marjae at February 20th, 2014 22:48 — #13
If you're going to insist g, not j, on etymological grounds, why not take all those Latinate words beginning with c and insist c, not y, on the same grounds?
y is about as far from any actual pronunciation of these words as j is from that word, so it seems like a fair example. people pronounce gif with dzj, not usually g, not j/y, and celebrate with s, not usually c/k, not y.
abides at February 20th, 2014 22:50 — #14
Pfeh. The day someone gives someone else a jift for their birthday is the day I'll entertain that pronunciation.
acerplatanoides at February 20th, 2014 22:51 — #15
I thought that was Zif. So few letters, so much discord!
abides at February 20th, 2014 22:53 — #16
Unrelated, the LZW patent threats on gifs, and the subsequent development of png, was how I learned about the potential software patents had to bite us all in the ass. Many web developers really thought they were going to have to pay a licensing fee or redo all their graphics over that nonsense.
jardine at February 20th, 2014 22:57 — #17
eksrae at February 20th, 2014 23:23 — #18
phasmafelis at February 20th, 2014 23:44 — #19
therizz at February 20th, 2014 23:49 — #20
Oddly, I've never head it pronounced "jif" by anyone in person. It's always been Gif whenever I hear it spoken.
Who and where are these weird people who think it starts with a j sound, and do they pronounce .jpg as "gee-peg" to keep it balanced?
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