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This was was a big year for a certain file format. We witnessed the 25th anniversary of the GIF, the first ever live-GIFing of presidential debates, a large-scale GIF festival and the selection of “GIF” (as a verb, as in to create a GIF file) as U.S. Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries.
All that, and we still can’t seem to decide how to pronounce it. (I’m a militant proponent of the soft g version — as in, Jiff — simply because that’s how the programmers who developed it pronounced it and it seems right to respect their thinking on the matter.)