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Every week in this space, we’ll take a look at the news and offer our own incisive blend of commentary, analysis, and poop jokes. The news you need, from a voice you can trust, in the 90 seconds you have to spare: that’s Woot Weads the Wire.

 

OXFORD, England (UPI) -- Britain's Oxford University Press announced "omnishambles" as the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for Britain and "GIF" as the U.S. word of the year.

Insiders say the word was specifically chosen as part of the OED's plan to divide Americans and plunge the nation into civil war.

 

Jif Peanut Butter

LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- "Skyfall," the latest Bond film, flew high this weekend, raking in $87.8 million for the No. 1 U.S. box office spot.

And in a related story, muscle fatigue in bartenders is up 85% due to all the requests for shaken martinis.

PECH VALLEY, Afghanistan (UPI) -- Afghan troops, tasked with defending outposts without high-tech equipment such as helicopters and jets, are relying on donkeys, a military official said.

Pentagon officials have already committed 3.5 million into buying a small donkey of their own, to be named Sergio.

 

Animal Farm: Donkey

 

BEIJING (UPI) -- President Hu Jintao Thursday ruled out patterning China's political reforms after those in the West.

Historians say this is a good sign that China actually wants political reforms.

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) -- American tattoo artist Kat Von D and Canadian Deadmau5 DJ Joel Zimmerman have split up, the couple announced on Twitter.

Other DJs are not surprised, saying that it was clearly only a matter of time before their relationship reached the drop.

Jif Peanut Butter from brianc and Animal Farm: Donkey from Yndra are used under a Creative Commons License.



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DennisG2010


quality posts: 19 Private Messages DennisG2010

Isn't it about 20 years late for the word of the year to be "GIF"?

inkycatz


quality posts: 105 Private Messages inkycatz
DennisG2010 wrote:Isn't it about 20 years late for the word of the year to be "GIF"?



Yeah.

I'm just hanging out, really.

jcolag


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DennisG2010 wrote:Isn't it about 20 years late for the word of the year to be "GIF"?



Apparently, they're now "retro," and lots of people use the animations.

Apparently those of us messing around on the '90s web weren't a very good barometer of how annoying they were. Heaven help us if anybody exhumes the blink tag.

Slydon


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For the record, I support the hard g pronunciation. It was just easier to find a photo of peanut butter.

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.

Un0fficial


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WootBot wrote:Other DJs are not surprised, saying that it was clearly only a matter of time before their relationship reached the drop.



I see what you did thar ;)


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jtechau


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Hey, wait a minute... That's not even a GIF of a Jif - it's a JPG!

Yeah, I'm not sure where the "J" sound ever came from when pronouncing GIF. There's nothing "J" about it.

jcolag


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jtechau wrote:Yeah, I'm not sure where the "J" sound ever came from when pronouncing GIF. There's nothing "J" about it.



In most of English, 'e' or 'i' does soften a 'g,' so unless the average Internet user looked it up to find out that it was a Graphics Interchange Format, then it's almost definitely a soft-g rather than hard.

I just find it mind-boggling that the format's still around. The patent war should have killed it, and the fact that it's as old as ASCII art was to the early Internet users should make it pretty well obsolete.

Yet, here we are...

werdwerdus


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It's pronounced "nucular" dummy, the s is silent