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For A More Civilized Age

Oxford Dictionary Names “GIF” The American Word Of The Year – Here’s Some Now!

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Well how do ya like them apples? The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “GIF” as the American word of the year. England’s word of the year? Omnishambles: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations. I think we win. GIF, or graphics interchange format, may not be one of our favorite words but it’s certainly one of our favorite things to use when there’s nothing else to say and definitely one of our favorite things to reblog on tumblr. Without further ado, we present some of our favorite GIFs from around the web. And let me tell you, it was tough narrowing them down.

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  • Mandy Curtis
  • Joseph Finn

    If only it was actually a word. But it’s not; it’s an acronym.

  • Victoria Fletcher

    I think it’s sorta sad that our word of the year is an acronym. England on the other hand has a legitimately awesome word that I now shall use.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Aw, but “omnishambles” describes so many current events.

  • Mandy Curtis

    Since they’ve gone with the verb form of the word, I suppose they’ve adapted from the GIF acronym. (But you’ve got a point.)

  • Amy M Weir

    Perhaps it’s moved beyond acronym, like RADAR.