The word GIF was recognized by oxford today and at the sometime named word of the year. Interesting since GIF’s actually turn 25 this year. Popularized on such social media networks as Facebook and Tumblr, GIF’s found ways to express our feelings and plain out just made us laugh.
As the GIF (graphic interchange format) turns 25 this year, what better way to celebrate — aside from GIFing it — than Oxford American Dictionaries announcing that the acronym has been named 2012’s “Word of the Year.
“GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun,” Katherine Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries at Oxford Press, said of the image format. “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.”