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November 17, 2012

Oxford American Dictionary names “GIF” word of the year

(Credit: Stuart Miles)

“GIF” as a verb “has evolved … into a tool with serious applications”

By Prachi Gupta

Internet culture gets its proper due in journalism today, as ”GIF” has beat out “YOLO” as the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year. “GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun,” said Katherine Martin, head of the U.S. dictionaries program at Oxford. “The GIF has evolved from a medium for pop-cultural memes into a tool with serious applications including research and journalism, and its lexical identity is transforming to keep pace.”

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