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    Everyone in my office says "gif" differently, so which is the right way? With a hard "g" as in Kathy Lee Gifford? Or a soft "g" like Jif Peanut Butter?

    Or is it one of those words like "tomato" or "neither" that have more than one acceptable pronunciation?
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    I'd heard the G was soft too, but still pronounce it as GIF, just cos i'm used to doing it that way.

    Apparently the two terms are interchangeable:
    http://webopedia.internet.com/TERM/G/GIF.html

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    Technically is it supposed to be pronounced "GEE-EYE-EFF" but the more accepted way of saying it is with a hard 'G'.

    If the 'G' in Graphics was soft like the 'G' in giraffe then saying GIF with a soft 'G' would be acceptable as well.
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    Wayne is correct. But of course, when are people "technically correct"?

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    I have always said as Gif with a hard G, never really thought about it
    Even if it was generally accepted to be the soft G i dont think i would change

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    I just call it Geoff,
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    I always go with the "official" version as stated here.

    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.

    * One of the lines entered by CompuShow's author, Bob Berry states:

    "Oh, incidentally, it's pronounced 'JIF'"

    There, straight from the inventors of the format. Convinced yet?

    This guy actually emailed Bob Berry (the author) and asked him how to pronounce it.Here is the email and Bob's reply
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    For me, it's the soft G, as in the peanut butter.

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    Originally posted by creole
    The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), pronounced "JIF", was designed by CompuServe and the official specification released in June of 1987]
    My logic is since Graphics is pronounced with a 'hard G'...then I'll go will GGGGGif - rather than the peanut butter!

    Think of my pathetic self when I first was learning computers, too many years ago, and trying to act like a pro in front of my supervisor. I pronounced 'DOS' as if I was counting in Spanish - 'uno, dos, tres" - Talk about the laughter as I tried to crawl into the nearest corner! Always waited for someone else to say computer jargon after that...

    BUT no matter how you say it, if someone else says it differently...odds are they will think you just don't know what you are talking about & smile behind your back...
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    BUT no matter how you say it, if someone else says it differently...odds are they will think you just don't know what you are talking about & smile behind your back.
    That reminds me of the time I heard someone call PHP "fip"

    I pronounce GIF like the peanut butter, but I have heard both ways.

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    I use to pronounce gif as 'gif' (hard 'g')

    Oh and by the way, gif is pronounced here in the Netherlands as 'gif' with the unique 'G' that only Dutch people have

    Funny: 'gif' means 'poison' in Dutch
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    This is sheer silliness.

    Everyone knows it's pronounced "figs" -- except in French, where it's pronounced "figues".


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