Just a note on this whole “how do you pronounce ‘GIF?'” business: the pronunciation of an acronym need not bear any direct relationship to the pronunciation of its constituent words. For example:

AIPAC – pronounced A-pack, even though neither “America” nor “Israel” start with “A” – it’s not “ä-i-pack”
NASA – pronounced NA-su, even though neither vowel sound matches it’s word – it’s not “NÂ-sa”
NATO – pronounced NA-to, even though neither vowel sound matches it’s word – it’s not “NA-tô”

“Squarely,” you may be saying, “these are all vowel sounds, not consonants like in ‘GIF.'” And to that I say – vowels are letters, too, and words that start with vowels are words, too, and if you disagree you are vowelist, good sir. And tell that to them:

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Damn right it’s “jif.”

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