Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny
I will probably always pronounce it GIF and not JIF like the peanut butter. The only other English word I can think of right now where a "g" sounds like a "j" is the word gym, only because the "y" is there. You wouldn't pronounce GUI "JUI" because you might offend some people.
Gnome is another one. I'll always pronounce it "Nome" just like a garden gnome. You wouldn't say garden "guh-nome".
If the people who came up with the terms are mad about the way people pronounce them, they probably should have come up with something different.
Examples of words with a soft G (J)
anything with the word Geo
Im sure we can find more words if we think
So .gif pronounced as JIF is not far fetched like some people are trying to make it out
Rules about soft and hard g.
The pronunciation of ‘g’ generally (but not always) depends on the letter that follows it. The general rule is this: if the letter after ‘g’ is ‘e’, ‘i’ or ‘y’, the pronunciation is a ‘soft g’ as in ‘fringe’. Some examples of words with the soft ‘g’ are:
general, giant, gymnastics, large, energy and change.
A bit of extra info for you: if a word derives from German, it’s usually a hard ‘g’, and if it is a Latin or French derivative, it’s a soft ‘g’.
Hope this little lesson clears it up Edited by Firann - 5/22/13 at 12:05pm