Most of the arguments I've heard/read in favor of "gif" argue that it's Graphics Interchange Format and not Jraphics Interchange Format. "jif" people might respond that giraffe has a soft G, suggesting that GIF should follow suit. "gif" people might then respond that "giraffe" comes from French, and as such shouldn't be a model for pronouncing GIF.
But let's go back to that first argument of the "gif" people: that the G should be pronounced like it is in graphics (because that's what it stands for, after all). If that is the logic to which you submit, I have compiled a small list of other acronyms for which I hope you also apply the same logic:
- laser: should be pronounced "la-seer"
- scuba: should be pronounced "skuh-ba"
- ASAP: should be pronounced "a-sap"
- BASIC: should be pronounced "bah-sik"
- Perl: should be pronounced "peh-rl"
- SWAT: should be pronounced "swat" (not "swot")
- FIFO: should be pronounced "fih-foh" (not "fahy-foh")
The list could go on, but hopefully that's enough to at least show that the argument that GIF should be "gif" because the G is for "graphics" is a weak argument at best.FYI, this little rant has less to do with "gif" vs "jif" and more to do with me nitpicking people relying on a weak argument. That is all.