gif vs jif debate
there is no debate here
like honestly think about it. let’s say you bring your kid to a party or something, and you’re introducing him to someone, and you’re all, “this is my son! His name is George!”
And then the guy is like “Hm, no, I don’t like the sound of that, how about I call him George? With, like, a hard G.”
and you’re like “That’s not how it’s pronounced…” and the guy is like “Look you have to understand that there are going to be variations in pronunciation. Who are you to tell me how your son’s name should be said? Honestly, some people…”
It’s a similar thing with GIFs. If you’re all “pfft oh it’s obviously a hard G” you are literally disrespecting the right of the format’s creator to name the format WHICH HE CREATED.
i’m not going to force it down people’s throats to say it with a j sound, but this really isn’t something in which death of the author should be a thing
he’s not dead tho
“death of the author” has nothing to do with the author’s literal death, it just means that the author’s interpretation of their own text is not the final word on the subject and that outside interpretations, even ones that directly contradict the creator’s, have the potential to be equally valid as long as they are argued and defended well enough. it’s more of a literary criticism thing, but then again, in modern criticism everything that is communicated using language is considered text.
but i digress
why should it be said with a soft g:
- the creators intended it to be a reference to jif peanut butter: “choosy developers choose .gif”
why it should be said with a hard g:
- graphical interchange format
there are valid points for each side but i don’t understand why you wouldn’t just pronounce an acronym based on the words it’s derived from. this is totally different from mispronouncing someone’s name. i don’t care about the creators’ dumb joke about peanut butter, the hard g actually makes sense considering what the g in gif actually represents
Also, in English soft g’s usually only precede the letter “e”, not “i”. It’s probably reflexive for many English speakers to go with hard g gif.
Also also, “gif” is not a proper noun, like a name. Variations in pronunciation of common nouns aren’t subject to the same rules of etiquette or respect.
y’know, some of the ground rules for behavior on tumblr make me squint
don’t give people your true name or they will be able to control you
stories are an acceptable form of payment
the inhabitants hide their real forms behind glamours and avatars
the longer you play here, the harder it is to leave
staunchly asked: Yo, fuck the British Museum and their refusal to repatriate all the shit they stole when they were an empire. All their arguments against it are spurious as fuck,
Seriously, why do we even pretend that shit isn’t the world’s largest trove of stolen goods? Fuck those assholes, they are such monster pieces of shit.