Word Of The Year Named: GIF Is Officially The Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year For 2012By May Shella Mojana-Macuha on Nov 13, 2012 in Announcement, Internet, United States •
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The Word Of The Year was officially named and the lucky word that beat out competitors is the abbreviation of three separate words, Graphics Interchange Format or GIF as reported by international sites on November 12, 2012.
Reports said that GIF beats out YOLO which is also an abbreviation that stands for “You Only Live Once.”
According to the Oxford Dictionaries blog, GIF had a strong competition this year from some other words.
“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,” Katherine Martin, one of the lexicographers on the judging panel said on a statement posted on Oxford Dictionaries blog.
Oxford’s official definition on 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.”
A shorlist of other candidates under consideration are the following:
- Eurogeddon: the potential financial collapse of the European Union countries that have adopted the euro, envisaged as having catastrophic implications for the region’s economic stability [from euro + (Arma)geddon]
- Higgs boson: a subatomic particle whose existence is predicted by the theory that unified the weak and electromagnetic interactions
- MOOC: massive open online course; a university course offered free of charge via the Internet
- nomophobia: anxiety caused by being without one’s mobile phone [from no + mo(bile) + phobia]
- Super PAC: a type of independent political action committee which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates
- superstorm: an unusually large and destructive storm
- YOLO: you only live once; typically used as rationale or endorsement for impulsive or irresponsible behavior
Oxford Dictionaries also state on their website that “the Word of the Year is chosen annually as a word that has attracted interest and that embodies in some way the ethos of the year. It need not have been coined within the past twelve months and it does not have to be a word that will endure for a significant length of time: it is very difficult to accurately predict which new words will have staying power. And while the Word of the Year has great resonance for 2012, that doesn’t mean that it will automatically go into any of our English Dictionaries.”
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