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GIF Named Word Of The Year By Oxford American Dictionary

Oxford American Dictionary names GIF as Word of the Year

The Oxford American Dictionary has named GIF as the 2012 Word of the Year.

GIF is actually an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, and it has actually been around since 1987. The Oxford Dictionary describes an animated GIF as “a primitive technology used to provide animations, particularly on web sites.” In the early days, a GIF would usually be a simple graphic, such as a spinning globe. In its recent resurgence, GIFs are more often seen as snippets of real events, giving them the form of a short video.

The Sideshow reports that GIF wasn’t the only word considered for the award as YOLO, the acronym meaning “You only live once” was also a runner up. Superstorm was another runner up.

“GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun,” Katherine Martin, head of the US dictionaries program at Oxford said. “The GIF has evolved from a medium for pop-cultural memes into a tool with serious applications including research and journalism, and its lexical identity is transforming to keep pace.”

Minnesota Public Radio listed several other words that were in the running, while also criticizing Oxford for failing to note that GIF is an acronym, not a word. Nevertheless, it has been named the 2012 Word of the Year.

Among the others considered were Eurogeddon, Super PAC, nomophobia (the anxiety of being without one’s mobile phone), and Higgs boson (the so-called God Particle).

The same organization also picked a Word of the Year for the United Kingdom. For the folks on the other side of the Atlantic, the word chosen was omnishambles. Omnishambles is defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”

What is your pick for Word of the Year?

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2 Responses to “GIF Named Word Of The Year By Oxford American Dictionary”

  1. Heather Johnson

    An acronym is a type of word. Furthermore, such criticism begs the eternal question: What is a word?

  2. Richard Bradshaw Watson II

    GIF is a BIG code! GIF=G/F (G or F) = 7 or 6. Earth runs on #7 (7_4): 7 continents, '7 seas', '7 Wonders of the World', 7 colors of the spectrum, Venus is.7 AU from the Sun. Besides Earth, there are 7 other planets in our solar system. 7 moving objects seen in the heavens with the naked eye (Sun, Moon, 5 planets). Lunar month has 4 phases of 7 (7.4) days each, hence our 7-day week. M-theory/Supergravity theory has 7 dimensions of hyperspace (in addition to the common 4D), Unified Strings theory has 7 aspects of 'regular time' (+ 4 aspects of 'hypertime'). The Word GOD begins with G the 7th letter as does Genasis (7 letters), the #7 is thee recurring sacred number in the Bible with it appearing 58 times in The Revelation. GIF=FIG which is the fruit that Eve & Adam ate in the Guardin'. Earthlings' primary language is English(7 letters), etc.

    According to 'Plan-it theory', "all 'true Earth-like planets' are built on 7_4 (like Earth) or 6_4". The Planet Nestor – our 'next-door' neighbors – runs on #6 (6_4): its 6 continents, '6 seas', '6 Wonders of the World', 6 colors of the spectrum, its 'sister planet' is.6 AU from its sun. Besides Nestor, there are 6 other planets in their solar system. 6 moving objects seen in their heavens with the naked eye (Sun, Moon, 4 planets). Their lunar month has four phases of 6 (6.4) days each, hence their 6-day week. M-theory/Superstring theory has 6 dimensions of hyperspace (in addition to the common 4D). Unified Strings theory has 6 aspects of 'regular time' (+ 4 aspects of 'hypertime'). The Word 'FOD' begins with F the 6th letter as does 'Fenkis' (6 letters), the #6 is thee recurring sacred number in their Bible with it appearing 58 times in The Revelation, FIG=GIF which is the gruit that Eve & Adam ate in the Fuardin'. Nestlings' primary lanfuafe is Eqfish(6 letters), etc.

    See my NASA conference presentation: "Identifying 'True Earth-like Planets' – All New Worlds Are Built On 7_4 (like Earth) Or 6_4" http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exep_exoMtgPosters.cfm & http://planetnestor.blogspot.com.