‘GIF’ is the American Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year

As we posted earlier this year on the Greenhouse, the term GIF (or graphic interchange format) just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and has now been named the American Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2012. Although the term has been around for quite a while, its transition to being used as a verb (‘to gif’) was why the word ended up on this year’s shortlist.

Other words from the shortlist include Higgs boson, nomophobia (“anxiety caused by being without one’s mobile phone”), and YOLO (“you only live once; typically used as rationale or endorsement for impulsive or irresponsible behaviour”).

Here’s to the GIF, for the second time this year!

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