NO, I'M NOT YELLING.
You see, GIF, is always written capital letters. Why? Because it's not really a word - it's an acronym, for Graphic Interchange Format - like JPEG, or FUBAR
That's right. The WOTY for 2012, according to the keepers of our language, is not a word.
Let that sink in - as we observe a moment of silence.
I've had a passion for our beloved language ever since I accidentally took a 2nd year, Romantic and Victorian Literature course, in college. I was late registering for the semester, and all the courses I wanted were full - so I took it to fill my schedule.
The raw emotion, and talent, of iconoclastic wordsmiths, such as: William Blake, William Wordsworth and Mary & Percy Shelley, sparked a fire that burns to this day. I went on a literary bender for a few years following this happy accident. Drunk on sonnets and hyperbole, I immersed myself in the language of the great writers throughout history: Twain, Dickens, Hemingway, Frost and Ginsberg.
I even spent a particularly dark, and lonely, winter with Edgar Alan Poe.
I narrowly escaped a degree in English, or as it is now known, "unemployment", by a sudden stroke of common sense in my third year - when I switched to urban planning. But, even 20 years of technical, and business writing, hasn't extinguished my passion for language; although, at times it has been reduced to a mere wisp of smoke.
The systematic butchering of our language has become so apparent, it's now reflected in popular culture, and Weird Al Yankovic, God help us, has become the de facto spokesman for the proper use of language and grammar.
As evidenced by this 3-minute video, in defence of language, that has over 11 million views as I write this post.