Archive for November 2012
The team at the Oxford American Dictionaries have selected GIF as the 2012 word of the year.
In case you don’t know:
GIF verb to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event): he GIFed the highlights of the debate
The GIF, a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations, turned 25 this year, but like so many other relics of the 80s, it has never been trendier. 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.
Read the full blog post on the subject, including the other words that were in competition.
I’m not sure that would be my word of the years, but…
What should be the government word of the year?