Just as the American Civil War divided families, so has the Great Gif debate among the Graydient team. If you’re interested in a hearing a heated debate (or reading it on Slack), simply say or type the word “gif” and the Nerf guns will certainly be drawn. When recently asked to weigh in on the debate, our teammates came up with their backing for the correct pronunciation of the word “Gif”:
Gif – /g/ if | Hard G
“You no jive a jift you Give a Gift, The G stands for Graphics not Jraphics.” – Kyle
“Exactly.” – Meg
“I agree with Kyle.” – Josh
“What Kyle said. Graphics has the hard G and so should the G in the abbreviation.” – Sami
“I say gif because I’m german.” – Danielle
Article – Oliver
“The peanut butter way sounds better, but that doesn’t make it right.” – Lanre
Gif – /j/ if | Soft G
“The pronunciation has to do with the rules of the Latin alphabet. Do you pronounce Giant, Gist, ginger, gypsy or giraffe with a hard ‘G’? GUI is pronounced with a hard ‘G’ due to the silent ‘U’ which keeps the ‘G’ hard (same as words such as ‘Guild’, ‘Guest’ or ‘Guile’). Many consonants change pronunciation (become soft) when followed by an ‘i’ or ‘e’. This pronunciation is linguistically sound. ‘Gift’ is originally Old Norse and thus has a pronunciation independent of the Latin rules; English words originate from many languages. The etymology of a word is important on how it is pronounced. The things they don’t each you in school right? Wikipedia actually has a good explanation of the hard and soft ‘G’ in English.” – Quangdao, quoting Natescode
“(points up) Because English. The English language is complex. There are several words in our language that are pronounced differently because of the context of the sentence.”
“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story. #micdrop” – Leslie, quoting Wikipedia
The Winner Is…
The moral of the story is – the world may never know. Both sides have their merit. When it comes to our team’s opinion, I have to give points to the team hard g for their use of visual media in their defense of this visual medium, however, facing much scrutiny, team soft g makes a solid case with their well researched words. Perhaps Chaz is on to something, when asked his opinion he claims, “I agree with Quangdao and Meg.” (whom if you note, are on opposing sides).
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