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Originally Posted by fragamemnon View Post

Okay, perhaps I'm wrong and English isn't my native language, but I can't stop myself from asking this:
Coming from a purely logical point of view, being as objective as possible
There's your problem. English is basically a language of exceptions.
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Drifting off a bit, but for example, do you call executable files "ee-ex-eee" somehow merged together as a word, considering it's a bastardization for executable?
SQL is generally referred to as "sequel" for example, but I don't think I've heard anyone try to pronounce exe as anything other than letters. Unless I cared about specific file types I'd probably just call it a program... tongue.gif
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"CREATOR OF THE GIF Steve Wilhite ruined lives on Tuesday with the revealation that "GIF" is actually prounced "Jif"."
OK that's sorted out
Now how do we pronounce his last name????

Wilit, with a silent H.
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There's your problem. English is basically a language of exceptions.
SQL is generally referred to as "sequel" for example, but I don't think I've heard anyone try to pronounce exe as anything other than letters. Unless I cared about specific file types I'd probably just call it a program... tongue.gif

exe = [exec]utable = exec tongue.gif

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=EXEC biggrin.gifthumb.gif



Also, to end this whole thing. http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=gif Says Jif first!



Ok, back to my dream I was having.
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Ok, back to my dream I was having.

Speaking of dreams - today I was woken up from the middle of the best dream I've had in a while. I was a little pissed.
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Always pronounced it as jif.
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Its funny I thought about this the other day I think mostly everyone pronounces it as jif.
Edited by Anth0789 - 5/23/13 at 11:27am
 
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I actually at one point so so annoyed trying to figure it out I just started saying it as gee-eye-eff file. So my brain is in tact. You can call it a susie if you want as long as the format still exists I'm happy.
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"sparks outrage" lachen.gif

 

i've always pronnounced it with a G, like the word GIFT- minus the T.

pronnouncing it with a J sounds awkward when saying and hearing it to be honest, because i'll always just think of ...

 

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I've always pronounced it as 'jif'. Always wondered this personally...funny article, though.
 
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Okay, perhaps I'm wrong and English isn't my native language, but I can't stop myself from asking this:
Coming from a purely logical point of view, being as objective as possible, if you take into consideration that the letter G is spelled /dʒ/, but the sound is actually /g/, shouldn't we pronounce it /gif/ unless treated like an abbreviation, i.e. G.I.F.?

I'm not sure as to when the soft G is used, for all I know it isn't especially before "i" and "e" because there are words like get; give; girth etc.

And I'd rather call it gif unless I have to spell it out letter by letter.

Drifting off a bit, but for example, do you call executable files "ee-ex-eee" somehow merged together as a word, considering it's a bastardization for executable?

Gin, ginger, giant, geography

Are you getting the gist of why this argument doesn't really matter in the English language?
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