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how do you pronounce "gif"?

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I'm not so sure there's an official way of pronunciation for gif. Similarly I "properly" pronounce the letter "W" like "double u" instead of the "dubbayoo" most people in my area pronounce it. It all comes down to personal preference, I think.

 

Really though. JIF just makes me think of peanut butter, which I have on my mind quite often anyway. And G-I-F is a little bit long for a file extension. GIF seems the proper way to say it in my mind.

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I'm not so sure there's an official way of pronunciation for gif. Similarly I "properly" pronounce the letter "W" like "double u" instead of the "dubbayoo" most people in my area pronounce it. It all comes down to personal preference, I believe.

 

Really though. JIF just makes me think of peanut butter, which I have on my mind quite often anyway. And G-I-F is a little bit long for a file extension. GIF seems the proper way to say it in my mind.

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I can understand what you're both saying, but at the same time I feel like if I made a game named Big Dick, and told everyone, "hey guys it's pronounced 'duck' so be sure not to pronounce it wrong," I should be chuckled at and people should pronounce it dick.


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I usually just say the letters... and it goes well with a lot of other formats as well. PSD, AI, BMP, and PDF are all formats where I say the letters. There's also hybrid pronunciations, like JPEG, where people say the letter "J" and then pronounce the "PEG".

In terms of grammatical correctness, you have to consider the Vowel (i) in GIF, and how it changes the letter before it in order to pronounce it correctly.

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Historically though, the letter i doesn't make g soft. Look at the words I listed before: gift, give, gill, gimp, giddy. Even names like Gilmore.

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Historically though, the letter i doesn't make g soft. Look at the words I listed before: gift, give, gill, gimp, giddy. Even names like Gilmore.

It doesn't have to. Giles is a name, like GIF, and Giles has a soft 'g' sound and the letter 'i' after the 'g'. What makes English difficult to learn is all of the exceptions to everything, and the exceptions to the exceptions.

http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/giles

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I can understand what you're both saying, but at the same time I feel like if I made a game named Big Dick, and told everyone, "hey guys it's pronounced 'duck' so be sure not to pronounce it wrong," I should be chuckled at and people should pronounce it dick.

That would make more sense if you said it was pronounced dyke, but then it would also weaken the point you're trying to make.  I get your point, but surely there are better examples.  The letter i is a dual sound letter, one of those sounds is not shared with U but it is shared with Y.

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True, I understand what you're saying. I don't think that it weakens the point though because there's still no reasoning behind saying "dyke" instead of "dick."


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It doesn't have to. Giles is a name, like GIF, and Giles has a soft 'g' sound and the letter 'i' after the 'g'. What makes English difficult to learn is all of the exceptions to everything, and the exceptions to the exceptions.

http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/giles

 

The more common example is giraffe. I actually had no idea Giles was pronounced with a soft g, although it makes sense since Guiles isn't.

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The more common example is giraffe. I actually had no idea Giles was pronounced with a soft g, although it makes sense since Guiles isn't.

Giles, giraffe, ginger, giant, gin... And GIF.

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