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How do you pronounce it?

  1. Jul 12, 2006 #1
    GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

    Do you pronounce it with a plosive as in the word "gift" or with an affricate as in "giraffe"?

    Here is what the freedictionary.com says: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Animated+GIF

     
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  3. Jul 12, 2006 #2

    George Jones

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    I pronounce it with a plosive g.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2006 #3

    Pengwuino

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    It's pronounced "gif"
     
  5. Jul 12, 2006 #4
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  6. Jul 12, 2006 #5

    Moonbear

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    I pronounce it with the plosive.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2006 #6

    Math Is Hard

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    'plosive?

    Could you 'plain that? :rofl:
     
  8. Jul 12, 2006 #7

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: It's what happens when you say it with a mouthful of crackers. :biggrin: :yuck:
     
  9. Jul 12, 2006 #8

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    LOL! you shouldn't do that when I have a mouthful of Coke!! :rofl: :rofl:
     
  10. Jul 12, 2006 #9

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    GIF is pronounced like "gift" without the t. The g you say when you do that is the plosive one.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2006 #10

    Astronuc

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    Good grief! :wink: :biggrin:
     
  12. Jul 12, 2006 #11

    Gokul43201

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    Plosive g here too - just like 'gift' (jypht).
     
  13. Jul 12, 2006 #12

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: Hopefully MIH already finished her Coke and Evo hasn't started on her coffee yet.

    In less technical circles, I call it a hard g. It just makes sense, since it comes from the word "graphical," which is also a hard g.
     
  14. Jul 12, 2006 #13
    See why we need to use a more modern version of english where we spell words like they sound? Those crackpots were on to something afterall. :uhh:
     
  15. Jul 12, 2006 #14

    Moonbear

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    It's spelled exactly as it sounds (though, technically, it's not a word anyway). :biggrin: I can't help it if there are people who can't read and pronounce it with a soft g.

    Can you think of any single syllable words that start with 'gi' that use a soft 'g'? I can only think of words starting with 'ge' that use a soft g (i.e., gem).
     
  16. Jul 12, 2006 #15
    What is a 'soft' g?

    gem sounds as harsh as get or together.

    They all have the geh sound.

    Edit: Oh, I see now. Gem - Jem

    Gimble - gehm-ble.

    What about 'gat' ? Thats more of a gah-t
     
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  17. Jul 12, 2006 #16
    I think I say it like jif.
     
  18. Jul 12, 2006 #17

    Gokul43201

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    Gift, gill, git, gilt, gild and (this one's a little hard to say) gig.
     
  19. Jul 12, 2006 #18

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: Well, out of that list, I guess 'git' meets the challenge. That is unless you're saying, "Git along little doggy!" :biggrin:
     
  20. Jul 12, 2006 #19

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    me, too. Just like the peanut butter. But I hear people say it both ways all the time.
    I also say the first vowel of data sometimes with long a and sometimes with short a. I've never really decided which I like better.
     
  21. Jul 12, 2006 #20

    Gokul43201

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    What? It does? <note: this is no longer me :biggrin:>

    But as for your not-very-carefully-posed challenge there's at least 'gist' and 'gibe'.
     
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