I really was looking for some nice serious techie news to blog about today, but this article was just too irresistible to ignore: GIF wins Oxford’s ‘Word of the Year’. Despite the hilarious sub-title “JPG and PNG decline to comment“, I really did learn a lot in the guts of the article. For example, I didn’t realize that our friend the “GIF” (graphic interchange format) has been around for 25 years (almost as long as me!) and that nearly every Internet browser ever made supports it (and believe me, that’s A LOT of programs, cause we test our sites in most of them). The acronym has also evolved from a noun to a verb (“Most recently many media outlets were live-GIFing the 2012 presidential debates.”). According to the article “it’s the easiest way to share a quick animation.”
And as a completely un-techie side note, who even knew that Oxford Dictionary selected a “USA Word of the Year“???