Hey all, this is the first in a series “debate” threads.
Please don’t take them too seriously: they are meant to be as fun as they are serious.
The aim is to come up with funny, clever and creative responses to a proposition on some aspect of web design. Vote for your favorite answers with the button.
PM me if you have ideas for other topics. (I can think of a ton myself.)
Again, keep it nice, and have fun—and don’t hesitate to posts as off topic if necessary.
Well, it stands for “graphics interchange format”. Its creators say it should be pronounced jif—even though the G is a “hard g” in “graphic”. That seems illogical to me. I’d argue that the only basis for choosing a hard or a soft G is the original word the letter comes from.
All the same, if someone can come up with a compelling counter argument, I’d change my view in a jiff.
I don’t know about that. My latin is next to inexistant. But, I did notice that english latin and italian latin are very different (I’m talking about the pronunciation, and the source is Discovery Channel, so who could doubt that ). So maybe it’s just today’s anglosaxons that pronounce latin the wrong way?
By the way, a nice acronym for CSS whould be CESS (pronounced as the english word “chess” , yes italians have a soft “C” as well)
Hah, in my experience most of them pronounce it the wrong way—being influenced by church Latin and just lazy speech in general.
And different again is Roman Latin, so to speak. I can assure you that the ancient Romans had only a hard G and hard C. As a stickler over these things, I always cringe when I hear Latin pronounced the modern way. But I gotta let go, I know …
If I recall correctly (and I cannot find a citation at the moment), there was a secondary implication with the specific pronunciation; The original designers intentionally wanted it to be JIFF because they hoped to imply it was not slow.
I have ALWAYS pronounced it as JIFF and intend to continue. In the English language there are far too many rules that have exceptions (defined by rules which also have their own exceptions). In that case there is NO SINGLE good argument for the choice of pronunciation either way.
In my language - English - “G” is pronounced “gee”
Mind you some folks do weird things with language - like “mathematics” shortened to “math”, instead of the correct “maths” because it’s a plural! If I said I’m going to “answer some thread on Sitepoint” you’d bollock me for bad grammar!