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Never have and never will pronounce it like the peanut butter. I got into an argument with one of the paper work chicks about this at work.
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George Lucas thinks Han Solo didn't shoot first, therefore it's right.

NOPE
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My teacher in College said a lot of Graphic designers hate it when people call it jif.
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Originally Posted by un-midas touch View Post

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.

Mmmmf, in a way.

Native languages aren't actually "learned". Depending on what region/culture you've grown up in, your language is already hard wired in your head by your genetics/envrioment.

All you do during childhood is further unlock it and learn to use it. Just like walking or learning to eat.
post #185 of 333
I've always pronounced it as 'jif'.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post

Mmmmf, in a way.

Native languages aren't actually "learned". Depending on what region/culture you've grown up in, your language is already hard wired in your head by your genetics/envrioment.

All you do during childhood is further unlock it and learn to use it. Just like walking or learning to eat.

You're combining nature and nurture into one entity. Absolutely no "language is already hard wired in your head by your genetics." This is why adopted babies that are raised in a different country learn and speak the language perfectly with the native accent. I'm calling bro-science.
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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.

There are at least four reasons languages change. One is the addition of new words brought in by immigrants; this can be either bad or good. New technology requires new words; this is generally good. Young people create their own language (or mangle the existing language) to rebel against and set themselves apart the older generations; this usually goes horribly wrong.

The most insidious change in languages, however, comes from people who are too lazy to correctly pronounce words, too ignorant to know how to correctly pronounce words, and/or just don't care about the impression their mispronunciations, improper grammar, etc. makes on other people.
     
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Life is unlivable now, JIF or GIF. what is the meaning of life now? this has changed me.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post

Mmmmf, in a way.

Native languages aren't actually "learned". Depending on what region/culture you've grown up in, your language is already hard wired in your head by your genetics/envrioment.

All you do during childhood is further unlock it and learn to use it. Just like walking or learning to eat.

Seriously? You actually believe that? Can you back that up?
     
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Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post

There are at least four reasons languages change. One is the addition of new words brought in by immigrants; this can be either bad or good. New technology requires new words; this is generally good. Young people create their own language (or mangle the existing language) to rebel against and set themselves apart the older generations; this usually goes horribly wrong.

The most insidious change in languages, however, comes from people who are too lazy to correctly pronounce words, too ignorant to know how to correctly pronounce words, and/or just don't care about the impression their mispronunciations, improper grammar, etc. makes on other people.

We have already established that due to the mess the English language is, there's no way one could say whether the hard or soft g is correct. Moreover, changes just happen. Do you think we're not taking Indo-European anymore just because people are lazy? Languages are dynamic and organic.
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