He made a pun. “Choosy programmers choose GIF”. Crappy but it was his


Of course. But the debate began on day 1. It’s not organic language change in this case. People argued with him that he was wrong back in 1987 1988 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993…. etc.

He made a pun. “Choosy programmers choose GIF”. Crappy but it was his. 50% of people went along with the joke. 50% of the people said, “ILLOGICAL CAPTAIN!” and the flame wars began and never ended to this very day.


Example: 1996. That was 21 years ago.

Subject: 4. Choosy programmers choose “gif” or “jif”?

The pronunciation of “GIF” is specified in the GIF specification to be “jif”, as in “jiffy”, rather then “gif”, which most people seem to prefer. This does seem strange because the “G” is from the word “Graphics” and not “Jraphics”.”

It’s an ancient debate. JIF will lose eventually but probably not until the old BBS’ folks like myself are dead. I can deal with ‘guh-if’ but it’s annoying because people sound stupid when they say it and worse when they try to justify it.


It’s a guaranteed debate topic :) On my 300 bps modem we debated it on dial up BBS’s. At 2400 bps, we debated it. At 9600 and 56.7K we debated it. On broadband we debated it. When Facebook came along, the debate continues. It stopped for a few years but then GIZMODO decided to bring it up again about four years ago and started it all up again.


I’ve been in a “back in mae day” kick lately. Earlier, I portrayed a young kid memer who grew old and was remembering the old days when they had memes and smartphones instead of organic ear implants like kids today have. [I’m figuring it’s set it the year 2070 or so].





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