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Gif (10)

acronym of Graphics Interchange Format; noun
Picture that has words written across it.
 
Shorter than using Graphics Interchange Format. Used by people who use social media online. Narrowing from "standard format for encoding images as compressed colour bitmap graphics files which enables them to be displayed, stored, and transmitted between networks" (OED). Also, semantic change to include images with words written across them.
Etymology : 1987, acronym from Graphics Interchange Format (etymonline)
Source : 09/02/13 "I just saw this gif." Talking to roommate.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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