lucy24 - 4:16 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
And hence by definition "created after writing became widespread". I have never met the word "gif" in an Early English Text Society publication. ("pix", yes, often. Also "ax" meaning "ask".)
There is a bit of a tiff about how to pronounce gif
Ah! Does everyone at least rhyme it with "tiff"?
Tune in next week for stunning revelation that it's pronounced tea, eye, eff, eff. And I hope I am never required to pronounce "AIFF" because I would not have a clue.
If the inventor of a word had the final say, you would not have hordes of people busily destroying the useful term "factoid" :(