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#16 Jazirian

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:39

any other examples where a word starting with 'G' is pronounced as 'J'?


Gender, giraffe, gym, gymnastics, gem, genes, ginger, gentle, gender, genre, George, Gerald...




#17 Yazoo

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:40

Gerbil, giraffe, ginger, gin, Georgia, gym, genuine, gist, gem, gentle...


nice, any other abbreviations that follow the same logic?

#18 Buttus

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:45

nice, any other abbreviations that follow the same logic?


just off the top of my head, GEOS, Graphic environment operating system, sounds like a J

(well, sounds like a G, just has the same sound as GIF)

#19 King Joffrey

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:49

This is nothing new to me i learned this 10 years ago in school.

#20 trip21

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:53

I have a few US friends who pronounce it JIF I just thought it was a regional thing. How does one pronounce "JIF" http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/jif and not have it confused with "GIF"?

#21 The Laughing Man

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:53

Don't care what the creator says, I will continue to pronounce it with a hard G sound, anything else seems unnatural.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:03

ok, ginger and gym are all good. But GIF will stay GIF for me, not JIF. Hard G as in Graphics Interchange Format, which it is!

#23 Torolol

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:04

so i was wrong, i should've said JRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMATS.

#24 Azusa

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:23

thanks to certain countries in the EU we have to call them Cifs (pronounced sif) now.

#25 ir0nw0lf

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:30

I think if I told some a file was in a "jif" format with a "jif" file extension, most people would automatically assume .jif and not .gif LOL. Myself and 99% of the people I know have always and will always pronounce it with a hard g. Eff what the creator of the format says. He can go google himself. (pronounced joogle lol!)

#26 threetonesun

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:35

I think if I told some a file was in a "jif" format with a "jif" file extension, most people would automatically assume .jif and not .gif LOL. Myself and 99% of the people I know have always and will always pronounce it with a hard g. Eff what the creator of the format says. He can go google himself. (pronounced joogle lol!)


JIF being an abbreviation for JPEG Interchange Format, obviously. :laugh:

I, for one, am glad PNGs won out in all serious use.

#27 Roger H.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:49

JIF is how I've always pronounced it. I didn't even know there was a controversy about it's pronouciation. "GIF" sounds stupid to me.

I thought of it as sounding like Giraffe or Ginormous rather than Gift or Giddy.

#28 Max Norris

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 15:16

GIF is an image format, Jif is a brand of peanut butter. I wonder if he says "jigawatt" too.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 15:22

I always said G-if as well, s'pose I'll have to say Jif from now on lol

Good luck with that in the Netherlands. Everyone will think you're talking about this: :laugh:

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#30 Mr.ed

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 15:28

My question would be if its chunky Gif...


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