Oxford American Dictionaries has named GIF, the acronym for graphical image format, its word of the year. “Like so many other relics of the 80s, it has never been trendier,” said the head of US dictionaries at the press.
Now, it’s certainly true that animated GIFs, images that display an endless loop of frames, have enjoyed a renaissance in the 2010s, even playing a prominent role in the just-completed US presidential election. But it’s worth noting that, as an image format, GIF has never been less popular.
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