In an effort to quell this off-topic and rather pointless dialog, allow
me to refer you to the Wikipedia article on the subject:
Specifically the section:
"According to the creator of the "GIF" format, Steve Wilhite, the
pronunciation is with a soft "g" and the acronym is pronounced like the
peanut butter brand, Jif. To fellow employees of CompuServe he would
often say "Choosy developers choose GIF", spinning off of the
historically popular peanut butter commercial. This pronunciation was
also identified by CompuServe in their documentation of a graphics
display program called CompuShow. "
"GIF" is not a word, it's an acronym, therefore "precedent in English"
has no bearing.
John Trammell wrote:
> Way offoptic now....
> How do you pronounce "gift"? :^)
> $ egrep '^gif' /usr/share/dict/words
> To heck with the spec, all precedent in English says hard G.
> Next they'll tell us to pronounce "jpeg" as "gay-peg".
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerald L. Clark [mailto:gerald_clark@stripped]
> Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 1:04 PM
> To: Brian Dunning
> Cc: mysql
> Subject: Re: [OT} How to pronounce GIF
> Brian Dunning wrote:
>> On Jan 7, 2007, at 4:23 PM, TK wrote:
>>> In short, the original inventors of the GIF format (CompuServe,
>>> 1987) have always defined the pronunciation to be like "JIF." So,
>>> that has always been the "correct" pronunciation.
>> Sure, so I'll start pronouncing "graphics" as "jraphics".
> How do you pronounce "giraffe"?