It stands for Graphics Interchange Format. See HERE.
Yes, I have checked the Web, but I still do not understand, so ....
I learned that GIF was chosen the "Word of the Year  by the Oxford American Dictionary.
I have just seen it in an article in the respectable Time magazine, so I know that it is not an obscenity.
It was used by the leader of the House of Representatives, and he is a very respectable gentleman.
He issued this press release: "8 Shark GIFs That Perfectly Explain Why Senate [Democrats] Can't Ignore House Republican Jobs Bills."
Would someone please explain what "GIFs" means? (I think that the word "shark" refers to the popularity of TV shows about sharks.)
Thank you VERY much.
But your humble servant still does not understand what that gentleman was trying to say.
I assume that there was a link which led to eight different online pictures/short videos/animated pictures all of which, no doubt in a hilarious way (!), why "Senate Democrats can't ignore House Republican Jobs Bills". I don't pretend to have any idea what that means.
HERE is a link to the entire thing which includes the 8 GIFs in question.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you, EMSR, for the link. As you said, each of the 8 points was "illustrated" with a GIF.
Just in case any member wants the whole history of GIFs, I found a neat article that tells you everything about that new word.
Of course, I do not know how to link to it.
Go directly to Google (only) and type in: Fernando Alfonso III's work in the Daily Dot. The animated history of the GIF.
It is the 5th result. When it comes on, there is a short paragraph and then you are directed to click on for the whole article.
I learned that the "correct" pronunciation -- according to some experts -- is "jif," as in "jiffy."
Last edited by TheParser; 28-Sep-2014 at 14:23. Reason: spelling error
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