we ban.do gals love a good gif. in fact, we may even be obsessed with them. (so, if you know of any good ones – send them our way!)
but, this leads to an long-standing office debate. how on earth do you pronounce “gif”?
thank god for the all-knowing wikipedia, which claims:
“the creators of the format pronounced gif with a soft “g” as in “gin”. an alternative pronunciation uses a hard “g” as in “graphics”, reflecting the expanded acronym. both pronunciations are given as correct by the oxford english dictionary and the american heritage dictionary.
according to steve wilhite, the creator of the gif format, the original pronunciation deliberately echoes the american peanut butter brand, jif, and the employees of compuserve would often say “choosy developers choose gif”, spoofing this brand’s television commercials. This pronunciation was also identified by compuserve in their documentation of a graphics display program called compushow.”
so, there you go. soft g’s win.