It can start as a simple argument, but it could end up dividing a family, a classroom or even a school. A word such as “gif” looks like it would be pronounced with a hard g, but the creator of the GIF format, Steve Wilhite, said, “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G’, pronounced ‘jif’. End of story.” However, John Simpson, Chief Editor of the Oxford Dictionary, disagrees with Mr. Wilhite. Here’s a survey about controversial word pronunciations conducted by the Prep News Online.
“I say things the way I do, because I am right. All others are wrong, and that’s just the way it is.”