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View Poll Results: Is GIF pronounced hard or soft?

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    If you haven't been living under a rock for the last 19 years you know about the (concluded?) debate about the pronunciation of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). So, how do you pronounce it?

    I say it with a soft g, as in "gin." It always annoys me when one of my teachers at school, who apparently has a doctorate in computer science, says it with a hard g. You'd think he of all people would know better. Doesn't all the evidence point to the soft pronunciation? One of my previous Photoshop teachers said it with a hard g also. I think people sound a bit daft when they say it like that.

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    I use the soft G, pronounced Jif (a household product for cleaning surfaces).

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    I'm sorry, I really used a bad example of my pronunciation. I mean a soft g or as in jiffy, or as in juxtapose. So we say it the same, methinks. I just said gin (the drink, you know?) because it was the first thing that popped into my mind and is pronounced with a soft g.

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    Ah see I was not sure, oops. Il see if if I can change vote.

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    what evidence
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    Here's a site that sums it up real nice:

    http://www.olsenhome.com/gif/

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    The correct way. Soft G.
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    I am a hard 'G' guy. That is how I learned it, technically it might be wrong but I am not changing. I belive the controviersy started because the word "graphics" in Graphics Interchange Format is pronounced with a hard 'G'. I personally feel that is the way it is supposed to be prounced if you look at the actual words used to make the acronym.


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    I agree with glyakk.

    Soft G sounds really stupid. Graphics..... Good.... Great.... GIF! Like in Gift, with out the "t".

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    Pronunciations change over time, and vary from country to country.
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