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“GIF” stands for “Graphics Interchange Format”, and the G in “graphics” is definitely pronounced as [g], but why did the person who invented GIFs say that the G should be pronounced as [j]? Is that really the way most (if not all) Americans say it?

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“GIF” stands for “Graphics Interchange Format”, and the G in “graphics” is definitely pronounced as [g], but why did the person who invented GIFs say that the G should be pronounced as [j]? Is that really the way most (if not all) Americans say it?
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