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First An OMA, Now This: “GIF” Is Oxford Dictionaries USA’s Word of the Year

Posted November 13

Born in 1987, GIFs had the potential to be become laughable relics of another age (much like slap bracelets and legwarmers), but thanks to sites and services like Tumblr and Twitter, they’ve become extremely popular sharables – often used to memorize and satirize pop culture moments. Now, 25 years after the GIF’s inception, it seems like the art form is getting its due — in the form of an official nod from Oxford American Dictionaries, who dubbed the verb form of the word the 2012 Word of the Year.

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