GIF Proununciation

Advocate ,
Jul 11, 2016

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EXACTLY. Now, I know what the creator of GIF said, but he's wrong. The acronym inherits its sounds from the sounds of the first letters of its constituent words.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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How do you say SQL?

Is it es-queue-el  or sequel?

Nancy O.

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Advocate ,
Jul 12, 2016

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The first time I heard anyone speak "SQL" aloud it was with the "sequel" pronunciation, so that's the one I started using. However, es-queue-el seems more correct.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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What, nobody says "squirrel"?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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I'm still confused about "Cache".

Cash?

Cay-sh? (this was in my head for 20 years until I heard it spoken as "Cash" few years ago)

Cash-ay?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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It's cash.

And meme is pronounced meem for whoever asked that question and then deleted it

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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It's cash.

Not sure there's a definitive pronunciation. Seems to vary by region. Aussies often say "kaysh".

Cache (computing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Jul 12, 2016

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Yes, "meem"! For years a friend has been asking me things like "have you seen that 'mehm-ay' on Facebook," and he would say it with a bit of a strange inflection on the "mem." For years I had no idea what he was saying until just recently I saw him type "meme" as he said "mehm-ay."

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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I say Cash.

How about PNG?

Is it a "Ping" a "pee-en-jee" or a "pee-en-gee"?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2016

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I've always said "Pee-en-jee".

I've read about the others but never heard them used.

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Advocate ,
Jul 12, 2016

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I always say "ping" for PNG. And "cash," though I've heard British English speakers often pronounce it as "cash-ay".

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 15, 2016

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ping and jif... I'm not changing it now!

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Participant ,
Jul 23, 2016

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How about "data"?

Is it 'dayta' or 'daataa'?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 24, 2016

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It's Latin -- datum (singular), data or datas (plural). 

Correctly pronounced  'daytoom' , 'dayta' or 'daytas'.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 25, 2016

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I believe there is something to do with Jiff Peanut Butter but I still use a hard g because that's what I first heard.

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Participant ,
Jul 28, 2016

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I never knew people tried to pronounce file extensions as words!  I always thought you were supposed to just say each letter one at a time.

Ya learns su,pim' new alla da times 

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Jul 28, 2016

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Do you say N-A-S-A or Nasa?

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Participant ,
Jul 28, 2016

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I think of acronyms as something wholly other than file extensions.  They have similarities, but I never equated them.  Doing so is neither right nor wrong.  It just never even occurred to me that anybody would even consider doing such a thing.

But like I said (even though I missed the "M" key and it looks funny) Ya learns sumpim' new alla da times!

EDIT - Now I'm getting very rude ideas about how to pronounce "PSD" 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2016

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My first graphics viewer program was Cshow for DOS (pronounced "doss" which rhymes with loss). The programmers set a reminder that it was pronounced "jif"). We can use the soft g for the extension and the hard g for "graphics".

These are what are called "trade" or "in house" terms. We accept the in house usage to get on with our work and to communicate with others in or about the computer sciences.

Render to the Computing Department what is theirs, and to the English Department what is theirs.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2016

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Gene generated a gigantic GIF of a genuine gypsy on a gingersnap-eating giraffe in a gymnasium.

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Participant ,
Jul 28, 2016

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Gosh!

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Advocate ,
Jul 28, 2016

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Back on CompuServe (pre-Web), which was the first major system to make use

of GIFs, I remember the general consensus being the hard G (GIFt). That's

how I've used it ever since. It also makes more sense to because of what I

said before about GIF being an acronym of Graphical Interchange Format.

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Jul 28, 2016

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You say potato, I say Tater Tots.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2016

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It's how the author of the GIF spec and Bobby Berry who programmed the viewer decided it would be. They are not speaking for the use of g or j anywhere else. So when I got my copy of Cshow, I went along with it.

Just for fun, here is the page for the Compuserve GIF viewer The GIF Pronunciation Page

The point is that if you invent something and you give it a name or pronunciation that is non-standard English usage, it only applies to your invention, it does not mean the rules of grammar, usage, and pronunciation in English are changed.

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Advocate ,
Jul 28, 2016

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So even CompuServe was pronouncing it "JIF" officially? Interesting. I sit corrected. I'm still going to call it GIFt for the afore mentioned reasons.

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