The Oxford English Dictionary USA Word of the Year 2012 is…… GIF!!!
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
By the way, in case you are till wondering, it is pronounced at “Jif“. Not “Gif”.
Looks like 2012 is a big year for GIF. The compressed file format for images celebrated its 25th Birthday in June this year. And now it is chosen as the word of the year by Oxford English Dictionary. Congrats! But I must say that we don’t usually use GIF as a verb. Maybe it is more common in the US.
Do check out the blog entry by one of the judges on the panel.
PS: Oxford English Dictionary UK chosen “omnishambles” as their word of the year 2012.