1:33 am - 11/14/2012

GIF Named Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year

Being a computer geek just got a little sexier.

Oxford Dictionaries announced Monday the Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year for 2012 is GIF.

If you're not familiar with the verb, it's defined as "a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations," according to Katherine Martin, Head of the U.S. Dictionaries Program at Oxford University Press USA.

After popping up everywhere from PEOPLE.com to Tumblr, the word had an amazing year.

The tech-savvy term beat out some fierce competition, including Eurogeddon (the potential financial collapse of the Eurozone), Superstorm (an unusually large and destructive storm), YOLO ("you only live once"), Nomophobia (anxiety caused by being without one's mobile phone) and more.


LOL at People's n00b-Tumblr-user-esque attempt at making GIFs.
devolute 14th-Nov-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
lol I heard this on NPR today

I love when people on the news use cool lingo like "YOLO" and "trollin."

Edited at 2012-11-14 03:28 am (UTC)
yousaidlog 14th-Nov-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I hate YOLO with a passion.
mcpofife 14th-Nov-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I saw them announce this on the news this morning and the reporters were like, "YAWLO? YOYLO? What is that???" and then shook their heads and moved on.

sidenote: a couple weeks ago, a guy trying to hit on me at a bar used the term YOLO with 0% irony and I was like, "Yeah... I guess." because he was nice and I didn't want to be rude. But he was dead in the water from that point on, lbr.
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