The Word of the Year Is…Just 3 Letters Long

What better way to kick off the season of year-end lists than with the announcement of the word of the year by a team of lexicographers, editors and marketing experts at Oxford American Dictionary? From a list of eight trendy, culturally relevant words such as “superstorm,” “super PAC,” and “Higgs boson,” the OAD named “GIF” its word of the year.

Pronounced “jif,” a GIF (short for Graphics Interchange Format) is a compressed file format for images that creates a simple, looping image. GIFs have been around for more than two decades, but “like so many other relics from the ’80s, the GIF has never been trendier,” says Katherine Martin, Head of the US Dictionaries Program at Oxford University Press USA.

I recently wrote about an app that creates GIFs, and here’s one of my new favorite GIF sites.

(GIF via

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.