Why I read it that way, I'm not sure - but I'd assume that I either though "giff" sounded stupid, or I was thinking of g words like generation or ginger.
sbiddle: I've always pronounced if jif from the around 1989 or so when I first started using BBS's and the format appeared. Back then everybody pronounced it like this, and I found it quite surprising come the late 90's that people started pronouncing it "gif". Every few years this debate starts again.
This debate is now a few days old anyway, with the real world reality being that English has soft and hard g's in words, with many examples such as gym, gin, gyro etc.
DravidDavid: Not sure why a fancy dictionary gets to decide how it is or is not pronounced. They didn't create it after all. They must be jealous.
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