GIF Wins Oxford Word of the Year

It’s time for those GIF-ers to YOLO, are we right?! The verb “GIF” is the Oxford American Dictionaries’ 2012 word of the year. GIFs—originally pronounced with a soft “g,” though more commonly today with a hard “g” (both are acceptable)—lead the news coverage of Eurogeddon, the SuperPAC election, Superstorm Sandy, and the Higgs boson discovery with short animated images. Despite failing to always be compatible with cellular phones (take note Nomophobia sufferers), GIFs evolved from meme-sparker to journalism in 2012. It’s unclear whether there will be any GIF MOOCs. (The other words competing for the title are in bold.)