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Quote:
Originally Posted by RAND0M1ZER View Post

This.

Doesn't matter if you're the creator, you can't just change how phonetics work.
You better look into phonetics then, since the basic rule defines the soft G sound first, and exceptions come after.
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Wouldn't have thought this many cared about something so trivial. I've always spoken it with a hard G myself, but it is largely irrelevant.
post #253 of 333
I've always said GIF, but now I will change to JIF.

Much respect to the creator.

On other notes, it's not like people actually pronounce "Suzuki" or "Aegis" correctly either. It's whatever you first hear people say and just copy.
post #254 of 333
I say Gif. Graphics is what the G stands for, you don't pronounce CIA as KIA do you?

It's funny you guys are arguing phonetics though, I'm a linguist (Russian and Chinese) by trade and there's really no argument there to be had, we have a soft G in english, so its legitimate.

So argue about acronyms instead please smile.gif
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post #255 of 333
Some people say GIF. Others say GIF. I personally say GIF.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by votum View Post

I say Gif. Graphics is what the G stands for, you don't pronounce CIA as KIA do you?

It's funny you guys are arguing phonetics though, I'm a linguist (Russian and Chinese) by trade and there's really no argument there to be had, we have a soft G in english, so its legitimate.

So argue about acronyms instead please smile.gif
Both of those things are pronounced as letters. Unless you are referring to the car, which then ... well we all know how to say that.
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post #257 of 333
Someone plz make a poll on how each person pronounces it.. OP?

I vote for GIF always called it that and sticking with it.
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I'm gonna use a hard "I" sound when I say it now. Just because of how fired up this thread is.

edit: Also, Meme is like the ugly lady on the Drew Carey Show.
Edited by un-midas touch - 5/24/13 at 1:56am
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post #260 of 333
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post


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.

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/GI

 

For your reference regarding G as a Consonant in Japanese.

 

http://www.gojapango.com/japanese_language/japanese_pronunciation.htm

 

http://www.akenotsuki.com/kyookotoba/shiryoo/pron/

 

 

Quote:

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
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