“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek might get final say as far as his own game show is concerned, but in the game of life, his decree is less definitive.
Don’t believe me? Take Tuesday night’s episode, for instance, when the television program aired this clue during “Final Jeopardy!”:
A full year after Oxford University Press named “GIF”—an acronym for “Graphics Interchange Format”—its word of the year
, it’s hard to believe that question of its proper pronunciation hasn’t been laid to rest.
In May, Steve Wilhite, creator and father of the GIF, confirmed the proper pronunciation
during his acceptance of a lifetime achievement award at the Webby Awards ceremony. As “Jeopardy!” noted, Wilhite declared that GIF is articulated with a soft "G" as in “Jif,” the peanut butter of “choosy moms.”
With media outlets including Business Insider
, The Huffington Post
, The Washington Post
, and Time
all contending that Trebek had voiced final authority on the trivial matter, I can think of at least one person
who might serve as a final voice for proponents of the hard “G”:
In similar fashion, legions took to social media to publicly air their grievances:
An adamant fan of the popular image format, myself, I’ll remain mum on my personal pronunciation preference. The rest of you, however, I ask to please take to the comments section.
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In the meantime, watch the full clip of the show’s polemic “Final Jeopardy!” below: