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Windows 7: Creator of the GIF says it is pronounced "Jif"

View Poll Results: GIF - Do you pronuounce with G or J
G 29 74.36%
J 10 25.64%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

26 May 2013   #51
Arc

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Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So GIF would, were it not GIF call'd,

_ Shakespeare (modified by Arc )
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26 May 2013   #52
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Jif is not logical. I really do not care what the inventor says about its pronunciation, for me it's GIF not JIF. The reasoning behind this is the same as in why we call ourselves Geeks not Jeeks.
Spot on
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26 May 2013   #53
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Jif is not logical. I really do not care what the inventor says about its pronunciation, for me it's GIF not JIF. The reasoning behind this is the same as in why we call ourselves Geeks not Jeeks.
Spot on
There are counter arguments.
Quote:
George Bernard Shaw (GBS) was a famous Irish writer. He wanted to reform English spelling so that it was more logical. He asked the following question as an example:
How do we pronounce the word "ghoti"?
His answer was "fish".
How can "ghoti" and "fish" sound the same? GBS explained it like this:
  • the gh = f as in rouGH
  • the o = i as in wOmen
  • the ti = sh as in naTIon
"Ghoti" = "Fish" | EnglishClub.com
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26 May 2013   #54
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So GIF would, were it not GIF call'd,

_ Shakespeare (modified by Arc )
a nose by any other name would still smell my feet
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28 May 2013   #55
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

G for me too... don't really give a monkeys though...
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29 May 2013   #56
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think jif is fine, how do we pronounce "gel"? Or "gelid".

All the words with "ough" have to be very confusing for a non-English speaker to learn without having grown up with it. When pronouncing gif it sounds awfully like "gift".
More conundrums,
all, awl
Ball, bawl
been, bean
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29 May 2013   #57
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Why is the actor Sean Bean pronounced Shawn Been
and not
Seen Born
or
Shawn Born
or
Seen Been

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29 May 2013   #58
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Think that one's weird, try Ralph Fiennes - Ray Fines.
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29 May 2013   #59
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

If the white house uses the hard-g pronunciation, then it's obviously wrong.

That being said, who cares? It's like arguing if the Linux mascot is a Adélie Penguin or a King Penguin.
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29 May 2013   #60
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Why is the actor Sean Bean pronounced Shawn Been
and not
Seen Born
or
Shawn Born
or
Seen Been

Good examples Nigel, or is it Nijel? The Singer, Sade, pronounces her name as "Sharday"

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
If the white house uses the hard-g pronunciation, then it's obviously wrong.

That being said, who cares? It's like arguing if the Linux mascot is a Adélie Penguin or a King Penguin.
I don't care either but it's a fun discussion. The Linux mascot could be a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Penguin too.
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