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Date: 07/16/12 09:24 PM

47 Responses to Creating Gifs: Level Japanese Photographer [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm
    Link: Creating Gifs: Level Japanese Photographer - Can anyone answer this question: How do you pronounce .gif? With a G or a J? I`ve heard both, but a J sounds wrong.
  2. Profile photo of HolyGod
    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm
    G. For sure G.
  3. Profile photo of DrProfessor
    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    I pronounce it with a "g," for what that`s worth. Judging by the way the background shudders, they had to realign the shot in the process of making the gif so that it centered around the finger.
  4. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Cheat. They`re cropping the photos to line up the finger, not posing the model precisely. You can tell by the way the background jumps around. A steady camera wouldn`t do that.
  5. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    Merriam-Webster gives both "gif" and "jif" in the written entry, but chooses "gif" in the audio. Wikipedia (which has a pretty good cadre of technical editors) also gives both pronunciations as correct. So I`d say it`s a matter of choice.

    Personally, I prefer "gif." "Jif" just makes me think of peanut butter.
  6. Profile photo of auntiemeg32
    auntiemeg32 Female 18-29
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    It is "jif" .gif pronounciation
  7. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    .gif - hard G as in Grrrrrrrrrl
  8. Profile photo of Rumbrave
    Rumbrave Male 18-29
    48 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm
    I believe either is acceptable.
  9. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    @Auntiemeg: I have to disagree with the article you`ve cited. Certainly the author has convinced me that the inventor of the format (for a reason that`s never made clear) *wanted* people to pronounce it "jif." But language ultimately belongs to those who speak it, not to the inventors. And I think the majority opinion of people who care about words is that since the "g" in GIF stands for "graphic," it`s only sensible that the acronym be pronounced with the same hard "g."

    And again, per my last post, "jif" just makes me think of peanut butter. It`s a distracting echo that serves no purpose, in my humble squirrely opinion. =^.^=
  10. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    July 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm
    The people who invented the format insist that it`s JIF. This is rather stupid, in my opinion for 2 reasons. First is that with very few exceptions ("giraffe" is one), "g" followed by "i" is nearly always pronounced as a hard "g." Second is that GIF is an acronym for graphics image format, the "g" in which is a hard "g."

    Language is defined by the common vernacular, and since 99% of people pronounce it with a hard "g" sound, that makes it the correct pronunciation.
  11. Profile photo of indisguise
    indisguise Female 40-49
    267 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm
    I`ve never heard anyone pronounce it with a hard G. I pronounce it jif, so do my friends...
  12. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    =O.O=

    ~Squrlz freezes in a moment of shock with the recognition that he and Ollie, for once, are in total agreement~
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    rayhan050 Male 18-29
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    July 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm
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  14. Profile photo of lauriloo
    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    July 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm
    I used to be a web designer and I always said gif with a hard g because the g stands for "graphics". I also pronounce .png "ping" not "pee en gee". Possibly because I got laid off from P&G and am still a little bitter about it, lol. Hmmm, maybe that`s also why I refuse to say "Jif" :)
  15. Profile photo of faaaaq
    faaaaq Male 18-29
    693 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    ive never, ever heard anyone pronounce it "Jif".... i didnt even comprehend the idea that that was a way people thought it would be pronounced...
  16. Profile photo of faaaaq
    faaaaq Male 18-29
    693 posts
    July 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm
    and Gerry, its not for sure a cheat just because of what you said. if it was a series of pictures, and not a video, and they werent using a tripod then of course the background would wiggle around
  17. Profile photo of phil7243
    phil7243 Male 18-29
    143 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 12:44 am
    Hard G, because there`s also a .JIF format
  18. Profile photo of JewelzUndead
    JewelzUndead Female 18-29
    4 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 1:33 am
    Bleh, I say it with a J sound.
  19. Profile photo of iGamer
    iGamer Male 18-29
    194 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 1:58 am
    I`ve always pronounced it with a J, i personally thought sounding out with a G sounded strange
  20. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 1:59 am
    g-is for graphics... so "gif"
  21. Profile photo of con_uk
    con_uk Male 30-39
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    July 17, 2012 at 2:30 am
    it`s J as in wasting earth`s precious air with boring conversations Jerkoffs
  22. Profile photo of Hisky
    Hisky Male 18-29
    117 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 2:33 am
    Ive only heard it pronounced with a G. So thats how i say it.
  23. Profile photo of drawman61
    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 2:55 am
    Sorry, is that Jerkoff or Gerkoff?
  24. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 3:01 am
    I pronounce it with a `J` because it stands for:
    Jraphic
    Interchange
    Format.
  25. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33117 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 4:03 am
    With a g, duh?
  26. Profile photo of gladhatter
    gladhatter Male 50-59
    219 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 4:03 am
    It`s Me ah gee! Not Me ah jee! Daniel-San
  27. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 5:03 am
    Oh, I know: gifs sounds a lot like "gifts" eh?
  28. Profile photo of 8BitHero
    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    July 17, 2012 at 5:38 am
    I like it. I say GIF like GIFT
  29. Profile photo of ChainsawNbud
    ChainsawNbud Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am
    I`ve always said it with a J, like the peanut butter. Otherwise it sounds like gift, which sounds stupid to me. Anyway, who uses GIFs these days?
  30. Profile photo of paperduck
    paperduck Male 18-29
    1745 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 6:22 am
    It`s pronounced "jif". Nickel2, it`s an acronym, so it doesn`t necessarily take the sounds of the first letters of the words they stand for.

    some examples:
    NATO is not pronounced N-&#601;t-to, not the A of Atlantic
    OSHA is not pronounced Oss-Ha, it`s Oh-sha
    MILF is not pronounced m-&#299;-lf

  31. Profile photo of eduardoleonm
    eduardoleonm Male 18-29
    62 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 6:50 am
    i freaking love gifs. i say it with a j sound
  32. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 6:54 am
    Every time someone says "jif," a kitten dies. Just so you know.

  33. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10742 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 6:57 am

    "Say Lassie I got a finger for ya`!"
  34. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    July 17, 2012 at 7:02 am
    With a G or a J? I`ve heard both, but a J sounds wrong.

    Holy crap Fancy just how far out of touch from common sense are you? Seriously it`s called Google (then again try looking for Joogle). If they don`t have the answer try Bing, Ask, or Yahoo. I`m glad you`ve stopped mislabeling Asian material, but seriously stop posting these stupid comments already, jeez.
  35. Profile photo of DaShiVa
    DaShiVa Male 30-39
    47 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 7:16 am
    I got stuck here due to 3 hits of acid, I could write pages just on that, but even so... you`re arguing about pronunciation on a forum we communicate via text....
  36. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 7:24 am
    paperduck & 5Cats
    Irony is appears to be wasted on this forum; my comment went over many heads completely. During my 2 years full-time advanced study of CAD and animation at technical college in 1998, `gif` was pronounced as in `gift`. (It may have changed in the intervening 14 or so years)
    My spelling of `Graphics` as `Jraphics` was posted with tongue firmly placed in cheek.
    ( To those who understood the gag, please accept my apologies, but there are some things that need explaining to those that don`t.)
  37. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 7:25 am
    Cajun247:
    Don`t you mean `Binj`?
  38. Profile photo of patchgrabber
    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    July 17, 2012 at 7:41 am
    The GIF graphics file format was invented by CompuServe in 1987. CompuServe used to distribute a graphics display program called CompuShow. In the documentation for version 8.33 in the FAQ section, it states:
    The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), pronounced "JIF", was designed by CompuServe and the official specification released in June of 1987.
  39. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Japanese photography...
  40. Profile photo of CaptainPabst
    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
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    July 17, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I will smack anyone who says "jiff"
  41. Profile photo of AtheistAlien
    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
    809 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 8:19 am
    Is this supposed to be ground breaking or something? Lameness level 10!
  42. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    July 17, 2012 at 8:28 am
    @Nickel

    Yup that`s the linjo `round these here parts anyways. IAB`s a jreat place aint it?
  43. Profile photo of Ani187
    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    July 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    I thought it was with a G sound. Jif makes me think of peanut butter. Not that there`s anything wrong with peanut butter, I love it, personally.
  44. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    July 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    @Cajun247

    Looking at the picture the word `Minj` comes into vision...
  45. Profile photo of HiEv
    HiEv Male 40-49
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    July 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    For what it`s worth, I used to work in the computer graphics industry (my boss there was a member of the Joint Photographic Experts Group). As we understood it, there is no specified way for it to be pronounced, but everyone pronounced it with a hard G to prevent confusion with JIF (JPEG Interchange Format).

    The "GIF Pronunciation Page" that auntiemeg32 links to points out that the Graphics File Formats FAQ states, "The pronunciation of "GIF" is specified in the GIF specification," however that is *false*. (GIF87, GIF89A)

    It may have originated as "jif", but the pronunciation has drifted to "gif".

    (Also, Gerry1of1 sussed out the cheat used here.)
  46. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 18, 2012 at 5:07 am
    @HiEv: You have saved untold numbers of kittens from senseless deaths. =^.^=
  47. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    July 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    with a G. like Giff.

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