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‘GIF’ Named ‘2012 Word Of The Year’ By Oxford Dictionary
By Anthea Quay, 14 Nov 2012
The folks at Oxford American Dictionaries have announced that ‘GIF’ is the US Word of the Year for 2012.
GIF (verb)—an acronym for “Graphic Interchange Format”—is a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations.
The word was first unveiled in 1987, and turns 25 this year.
GIF also beat a number of shortlisted words for Word of the Year this year, such as runners-up “YOLO”, “Eurogeddon”, “Super PAC”, “Superstorm”, “Nomophobia”, “Higgs boson” and “MOOC”.
“Like so many other relics of the 80s, [GIF] has never been trendier,” Katherine Martin, Head of the US Dictionaries Program at Oxford University Press USA, said in a statement.
“GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun. 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.”
[via OxfordWords Blog ]
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