Dictionary Chooses American Word Of 2012

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"GIF," as in the file type, has been chosen as Oxford Dictionary's American word of 2012. It's short for graphic interface format. The runner up? "YOLO," which is short for "You only live once."

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's a big year for the little word gif. The Oxford Dictionary has chosen it as the word of 2012. Short for graphic interface format, which are looping Internet animations, gif began as a noun in the 80s but caught on as a verb. For example, I giffed. That is made my own looping animations of the president's speech. Runners up include nomophobia - fear of being without your mobile phone. And YOLO - you only live once. It's MORNING EDITION.

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