How to Pronounce 'GIF' As a Word

Here's How to Say the Popular Acronym That's Taken Over the Web

How to Pronounce 'GIF'
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GIF isn’t just an acronym anymore. Theses days, it's a real word mostly typed online, but often said out loud in conversations too.

If you're at all familiar with Tumblr, Reddit, Imgur or any other social network for that matter, then you're probably familiar with the popularity (and fun) of GIFs too. But what exactly is a GIF, and how do you pronounce it when you want to actually say it? Find out below!

How Do You Pronounce 'GIF' When You Say It Out Loud?

To remind everyone, a GIF is a moving image. This image format uses many different images that move quickly, making it appear like short video. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format.

Nobody actually says “Graphics Interchange Format” out loud, and people don’t typically say the letters G-I-F out loud either (as opposed to saying L-O-L or W-T-F out loud). So how should you say it?

Surprisingly, more people have moved toward pronouncing the acronym like jiff with a hard “j" like in "junk" or "jelly." Of course, this doesn't sit well with the people who are certain it should be pronounced with a hard “g” like in “good” or “great,” because after all, the word/acronym does start with the letter G.

No One Can Agree

You came here to discover the right way to pronounce "GIF," but the answer is more complicated than that. The truth is, there is no right way to pronounce it.

Oxford Dictionaries Proves That It Goes Either Way

Oxford Dictionaries chose “GIF” as the word of the year in 2012. You can listen to the two popular pronunciations that Oxford Dictionaries includes by clicking on the sound buttons beneath the word.

The video for "GIF" from the Pronunciation Manual YouTube channel is another popular source to check out.

Like Oxford Dictionaries, Pronunciation Manual offers the two different pronunciations — spoken in the same video.

Since there really is no right way to say it, you might as well just keep pronouncing "GIF" the way you like. If anyone ever tries to argue with you about not pronouncing it right, tell them that they can look the word up on Oxford Dictionaries and listen to the two different pronunciations.

Where to Find Great GIFs

Now that you know how to pronounce it, you might be interested in looking for the greatest GIFs that the web has to offer. If you haven’t checked out our article on where to find funny GIFs online, you can start there.

Make Your Own GIFs

Ever wonder how people make GIFs? About.com has a variety of tutorials that show you a few different ways you can create your own GIF. Check them out:

There are also lots of other mobile apps available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play that let you easily make a GIF. You simply take a video with your smartphone and the app does all the dirty work for you, transforming it into a moving GIF image.

Check out these 9 free GIF maker apps for iPhone and Android.