Is it pronounced "jif" or "gif"?

Is it pronounced "jif" or "gif"?

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Retro

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I've always pronounced it "jif", as it just sounds wrong the other way. Click on the link to find out how the original developer thinks it should be pronounced.

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I pronounce it "GIF"

Steve Wilhite, who actually invented the Graphics Interchange Format for CompuServe back in the mid-1980s, has repeatedly said its pronounced "JIF".

Users of the Graphics Interchange Format are also meant to pay royalties to CompuServe for use of the format.

Hence why I pronounce it "GIF"

#gifdrop
 
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HEXdidnt

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I was a bit baffled the first time I heard someone talk about a "JIF" file... Never occurred to me to read it that way, but then I've always known "Jif" as a cleaning product.
 

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I was a bit baffled the first time I heard someone talk about a "JIF" file... Never occurred to me to read it that way, but then I've always known "Jif" as a cleaning product.
Or a squeezy lemon.
I'm sticking with "GIF" as in "GIFT" without the T.
 

Retro

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I can't believe that I'm the only one who thinks it's jif! Anyway, the programmer thinks so too, so there! :p

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