Wednesday 22 May 2013

The Bad Thing

I had a lot of thoughts about the bad thing that happened today but I’m not sure writing them is anything I want to be doing. Aside from the things I don’t want to write about (people stating the frighteningly obvious; people saying VERY offensive things thinking its OK because something terrible happened that ‘justifies’ it; people mistaking respect for someone with xenophobia; most of the media not helping any of the previous things in the list; the media not learning from fucking anything they ever do and, in fact, getting worse) the only thing worth mentioning, that I don’t think anyone can disagree with, is the remarkable bravery of the people that tried to save a man’s life and stop men with weapons from doing anything else. The only thing I am brave enough to do is admit that in that situation I would have just travelled as quickly as possible in the opposite direction to the machete wieleding killer.

Never look a jif-horse in the mouth

Steve Wilihite should probably show a little more understanding before getting annoyed about people pronouncing gif with a g-sound.

Evidence for pronouncing it with a g-sound:

1. It looks like the word gift – but without the t. The word gift starts with a g sound.
2. It stand for Graphics Interchange Format. Graphics starts with a g sound.
3. Everyone calls them gifs and says it with a g sound.

So, forgive me Steve Wilihite for prounouncing it gif and not gif. Just because you invented the thing doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go with your pronunciation. He clearly knows nothing about names and stuff, his own surname is even confused. He should be called Lillywhite or – at a push – Willywhite. What’s willy-height all about? That’s not a surname.

Here’s Dawson Creek expressing how I feel towards Steve Wilihite (in a gif – the irony!):

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2 Responses to Wednesday 22 May 2013

  1. Bobby says:

    “Just because you invented the thing doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go with your pronunciation. He clearly knows nothing about names and stuff”

    How do you pronounce Genius, Giraffe. Gyrate. Gigantic.
    GIF is JIFF. You clearly know nothing about the rules of pronunciation, in that just because one word is said one way, an acronym has to be said the same way. Steve invented the file format, he gets to say how it’s pronounced. BTW: Do you know there are JIF images, too? Paint Shop Pro can make them. Steve’s right – you’re wrong. Let me also guess you use a Mac.

    • house78 says:

      How do you pronounce Genius, Giraffe. Gyrate. Gigantic. [Yeah, but you ignore my point that you pronounce ‘graphic’ with a hard g. This is a lot more relevant than your excellent examples. You also need a question mark at the end of a question. Just saying. If we’re getting all pedantic.]

      GIF is JIFF. [No JIFF is JIFF]

      You clearly know nothing about the rules of pronunciation, in that just because one word is said one way, an acronym has to be said the same way. [There aren’t any rules of pronunciation. There are rules of grammar. That sentence doesn’t obey them.]

      Steve invented the file format, he gets to say how it’s pronounced. [Hmmm. Kind of. I kind of agree with you here. He gets to name it and say how wants it to be pronounced. However, language is a real son of a bitch. Language does what it wants. It’s organic and owned by its users. Whatever one person wants only really means anything if other users accept that, or it means nothing. While you are clearly an expert on language, I can realistically claim to also be an expert on language. There’s not much I can back up but I have a degree in English Language.]

      BTW: Do you know there are JIF images, too? Paint Shop Pro can make them. Steve’s right – you’re wrong. Let me also guess you use a Mac. [Yes, I did know that. I think lots of people don’t. It’s a reasonable assumption that I didn’t know about them, though. But still – when people talk about “giffs” they mean .gif files. I don’t think Steve is wrong. We agreed he gets to name them. However, everyone else calls them something else. So, I don’t think I am wrong-wrong. Especially as it’s my opinion in my blog and not a thesis in a journal of linguistics. And I do use a Mac. I don’t think I did when I wrote the original blog though. I am writing this on a Mac. But I use both PC and Mac on a daily basis.]

      [Thanks for the feedback, Bobby. Always good to hear from readers.]

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