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Interesting, i come from a graphics design background and we've always pronounced it gif based on it's actual meaning (Graphics Interchange Format). So, quite frankly the creator is a bit of a dizzy brain...

Anyway, is this enough of a reason for an "outrage!".....jeez it's really unimportant.
 
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Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post

Anyway, is this enough of a reason for an "outrage!".....jeez it's really unimportant.

Pretty sure that is why people just won't back down on the issue. Did you see how many people got flagged for swearing back there?
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Gin is pronounced 'jin' isn't it...
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post #174 of 333
I always said jif. Hooray.

Also, they should rewrite the article to give a better pronunciation guide. Differentiating the two possible pronunciations by capitalizing the J makes no sense. They should give an example like the one the source article linked to: JIF like the peanut butter = correct, GIF like gift = incorrect.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

That's not true.... just because the masses believe something, it does not make them right.

Off the top of my head, here are two other commonly mispronounced software projects:

pigz: http://zlib.net/pigz/

valgrind: http://valgrind.org/docs/manual/faq.html#faq.pronounce

I read it as pig-z, but I can see pigz as plural, so either way.

Valgrind on the other hand, the masses got it right, grind as "grinned" is stupid.
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I always pronounce it with a dutch soft g, just on the off chance someone who cares hears me and gets mad. thumb.gif
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Gin is pronounced 'jin' isn't it...

Yes.
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So you pronounce giraffe with hard G? What about giant? Germ? George? Gerbil? Geoff? Gentle? I could go on forever but I have better things to do.

What amazes me is how stubborn people are when told they are pronouncing something wrong, even going to the extent to say the person who invented and named something is wrong (since he invented the term, he has the right to pronounce however he wants, even if it was something radically different like Jife). What really bites my backside (besides tall dogs) is how dictionaries cave into people pronouncing words wrong. Just because a large percentage of people do something wrong doesn't make it correct.

Build a bridge and get over it! Geeze (or do you pronounce that with a hard G?)!

Languages change over time. Dictionaries aren't the language police, they're there to reflect what people recognize as a whole. If we all started saying teh instead of the, then teh would become the "correct" pronunciation. Language isn't sacred and changes constantly.
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Language is more fluid than people would like to believe. Really if enough people say something a certain way, and enough time goes by, then you will no longer be understood if you speak it the "proper" way.

This is why most people can only get the vaguery of Shakespeare and the original Beowulf is not decipherable, even though both are just english in earlier forms.

edit: dang ninjas.
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now lets wait and we will hear that correct pronunciation of jpeg is not ˈdʒeɪpɛɡ but geɪpɛɡ
... cos who cares it stands for Joint...
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