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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

Terrible analogy. Argument invalid.
 
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post #262 of 333
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you don't pronounce CIA as KIA do you?

If I ever hear someone try to say C.I.A. as a word and not just the letters, I'm going to have to punch them in the face.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by votum View Post

you don't pronounce CIA as KIA do you?

If I ever hear someone try to say C.I.A. as a word and not just the letters, I'm going to have to punch them in the face.
This.

CIA vs KIA is not an argument because nobody says it like a word.

You don't pronounce F.B.I as "fibi" now do you? Or G.O.P as "Gop"
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post #264 of 333
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This.

CIA vs KIA is not an argument because nobody says it like a word.

You don't pronounce F.B.I as "fibi" now do you? Or G.O.P as "Gop"

Ok guys since you are being literal:
Code:
RADAR: Radio Detection and Ranging

SCUBA: Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

LASER: Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation

AMPHETAMINE: Alpha-methyl-phenethylamine

GESTAPO: Geheime Staatspolizei ("secret state police")

INTERPOL: International Criminal Police Organization

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

NABISCO: National Biscuit Company

AWOL: Absent Without Official Leave

BASIC (programming language): Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

SNAFU: Situation Normal, All F***ed Up

ZIP Code: Zone Improvement Plan Code

SWAT: Special Weapons and Tactics

IMAX: Image Maximum

NASDAQ: National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_300/343_words-you-didnt-know-were-acronyms.html#ixzz2UFSj9sR8

Notice every single letter here is pronounced with the same sound as the word it represents.

Thanks.
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post #265 of 333
http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/quotes/acronyms/

There's another list, with more Gs used. The rules of acronym usage are pretty clear, being the creator of something doesn't mean you get to re-write the rules of English.
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^ Thread won.
 
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post #267 of 333
Quote:
Originally Posted by votum View Post

Ok guys since you are being literal:
Code:
RADAR: Radio Detection and Ranging

SCUBA: Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

LASER: Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation

AMPHETAMINE: Alpha-methyl-phenethylamine

GESTAPO: Geheime Staatspolizei ("secret state police")

INTERPOL: International Criminal Police Organization

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

NABISCO: National Biscuit Company

AWOL: Absent Without Official Leave

BASIC (programming language): Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

SNAFU: Situation Normal, All F***ed Up

ZIP Code: Zone Improvement Plan Code

SWAT: Special Weapons and Tactics

IMAX: Image Maximum

NASDAQ: National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_300/343_words-you-didnt-know-were-acronyms.html#ixzz2UFSj9sR8

Notice every single letter here is pronounced with the same sound as the word it represents.

Thanks.
Image Maximum > IMAX?
Absent Without Official Leave > AWOL

LOL even your example is incorrect. It's pronounced "jif" just get over it already.
post #268 of 333
I always pronounced it as gif, I'll probably continue doing so because saying gif for so long just makes jif sound silly.
post #269 of 333
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Originally Posted by votum View Post

http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/quotes/acronyms/

There's another list, with more Gs used. The rules of acronym usage are pretty clear, being the creator of something doesn't mean you get to re-write the rules of English.

What rules?
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I do call it a "g-uh if" (strong G)
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