Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx
Being posted in the Oxford English Dictionary doesn't strip a word of it origin... It's pronounced with a soft G in English because it's pronounced with a soft G in Japanese.
Being posted in the English Oxford Dictionary acknowledges the common use of a word. Gi is pronounced with a hard G in English. This isn't debateable. It has been pronounced this way since I started practicing martial arts over 20 years ago (and without a doubt much longer), by countless martial artists across the world, and is still pronounced this way today. The origin doesn't matter because the Japanese do not use the word Gi on its own in this manner, we do (though if they did it would be pronounced with a hard G as consonants at the beginning of a word are pretty much always a hard G in Japanese, like Geisha for example).
The below link has a verbal pronunciation of the word Gi, used both to describe a traditional Japanese Gi and a G.I.
For your reference regarding G as a Consonant in Japanese.
Originally posted by Masta Squidge
As i said, the rules apply before the exceptions.
There are many, many, exceptions. So many in fact that the basic rule is very much debateable in itself.
In context of Gi > Gif > Gift, in context of the G standing for Graphics (which is pronounced with a hard G), in context of there already being a Jif acronym (which stands for JPEG Interchange Format) in the computer industry, I am standing fast on it being pronounced with a hard G. I don't care how the original creator pronounced it or how upset he may be because people don't pronounce it his way. Logically, pronouncing it with a hard G, it makes a lot more sense.
Edited by Lifeshield - 5/24/13 at 8:58am