This Guy Is Pissed At You Because You Pronounce ‘GIF’ Wrong
Shame on you. You’ve officially pissed off Steve Wilhite, the inventor of ‘Gifs’ or ‘Jifs’ as he says it’s pronounced. Is it just me or does this guy looks like he literally has a stick up his ass at all times. This grumpy old man (classic movie) is even calling out the Oxford English Dictionary. And get this, he invented the GIF 26 years ago. I feel as though if people pronounce a word, or in this case an acronym, wrong for 26 years you’ve officially lost the battle Stevey.
You know for a second I was on this guy’s side. It’s his baby, his creation, and quite frankly I’m no stranger to mispronunciation. My name’s Sean, I’m 24, and to this day I’m told I spell my name wrong. And it doesn’t help to have a big time actor like Sean Bean around, because damn, is it ‘Shon Bon’ or ‘Seen Bean’? But after 24 years, what’s the point of fighting it. Get over it guy, you just accepted a webby for your creation. By the way shouldn’t there be like a statute of limitations on accepting awards for things? Imagine if Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd won an Oscar for trading places 26 years after it came out? (That’d be sweet) But I digress.
And here’s the kicker, he named it after one of the three staple foods for a computer programmer. Jiffy peanut butter. The other two being Pepsi and nacho cheese Doritos. (I really think he missed the boat not calling his creation ‘Doritos’.)
Anyways. Accept your webby and go peacefully into the night. No one cares, except me enough to write about it.
P.s. Imagine if they were called Doritos? Huge mistake