Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year 2012 is ‘to GIF’


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Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year 2012 is ‘to GIF’ | OxfordWords blog

REALLY? An “acronym” for Graphic Interchange Format is the “word” of the year? I’m just not following this one at all. (The post picture on the right pretty much mimmic’s my feelings about this announcement.)

OK, first, GIF is not a “word”, it’s an acronym as I already mentioned above. Second, the way the site describes the word as a verb instead of a noun. Then they use it in a sentence: “he GIFed the highlights of the debate”. No body says that. “He made a GIF out of the video of the debate.” That I can see being used.

Of course the Oxford Dictionary shows the word GIF as a noun. Yet, the blog shows it as a verb. I wonder if the blog is really run by the same folks that work on the dictionary.

Also, the “shortlist” of words to choose from were:

  • Eurogeddon
  • Higgs boson
  • MOOC
  • nomophobia
  • Super PAC
  • superstorm
  • YOLO

Not really a great list to choose from. However, if I were on this committee, I would be choosing Higgs boson over any of the other choices. It’s the only word that has actually been in the news this year and is about something substantial and discovered after being theorized by Mr. Higgs.

The British word was equally sad: omnishambles and the shortlist was also equally sad.

P.S. I know, I stole the image from a site that described the British word. It was used in a British political satire show from which the picture was taken.

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