The English language has never really made sense. I before E except after C, or when sounding like A, as in neighbor or weigh. But thats a lie anyway because there are like nine words in the English dictionary that don't even follow this rule. And they're in the damn dictionary!
So what is right? The word weird itself is spelled weird. The irony of the word weird breaking English language law is uncanny.
There are words that are in the Merriam-Webster dictionary now that aren't even words, they're just abbreviations. But because Americans use them so much in everyday language, they had no choice but to add words like GIF to their dictionary.
So how the hell do you even pronounce GIF?
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format.
But you probably didn't even know that.
And thats fine.
It's not your fault.
They put the word in the dictionary, so there would be no need for you to ever know what it stands for. You just know that is the word to describe a picture that moves but isn't quite a video.
So the dictionary has the pronunciation on their site as "Gif" with a hard "G" sound. However, the inventor of the web format itself has declared that the word should be pronounced "Gif" with a hard "J" sound. But he isn't an English major, he's a web designer. So what does he know? He only invented the damn thing.
It only makes common sense that it would be pronounced "Gif" with a hard "G" sound, seeing as how the word starts with the letter G. But does it even really matter?
This whole debate is all about whether or not you choose to pronounce this word a certain way. Some of you are right and a lot of you are wrong. But that is besides the point that is trying to be made here.
Everyone is so enamored with the idea of being right nowadays. If you post an opinion on social media, be prepared to be told you're wrong. Hell, you can even post a fact like global warming online and you can somehow be proven wrong by the President of the United States of America. North America.
If you want to pronounce the word with a G, then go right ahead. If you want to pronounce it with a J like the brand of peanut butter, then by all means do you. But whatever you do, do it because of personal choice.
You live in America. You have free will to do just about whatever you want. They tell you not to break the law, but the language we speak breaks its own laws. So screw the English language. And if someone ever tries to tell you that you are pronouncing a word wrong, tell them that everything in life is about perception.
It may not make you right, but it will in your own mind.