More than a quarter century after its introduction to the computing space, the GIF image format remains something of a controversial format.
No, not because the quasi-animated images slow loading times or can be incredibly annoying when recklessly deployed, but because of the pronunciation of the name. Nobody can agree whether the word is pronounced with hard G -as in 'goat'- or a soft G -as in 'gel'.
Now, however, the man behind the format is settling the debate (and quite a few bar bets) by clearing up once and for all how to pronounce the word.
In an interview with the New York Times, former Compuserve engineer and GIF originator Steve Wilhite confirmed once and for all that his iconic creation is in fact pronounced with a soft G sound.
That's right, the platform for the infamous 'dancing baby' shares its name with a popular brand of American peanut butter. And according to Wilhite, the Oxford English Dictionary has had the wrong pronunciation listed all this time.
Now that we've finally settled this silly matter, Sneak can move onto more important things, like whether one should pronounce the individual letters in LOLcats or say it all as one word.
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