Sometimes, emojis just don't cut it. We need a moving picture to fully describe how we feel, something that can entirely encapsulate our emotions, without words. GIFs have done just that, and sometimes they go above and beyond accomplishing modern communication methods. They are almost guaranteed to better explain your feelings while texting or tweeting. They always just get the job done, with accuracy and most importantly, top-notch humor.
Can you imagine a world without GIFs? I know my life would have a lot less meaning, and I would constantly feel misunderstood. Considering I can hold an entire conversation with GIFs and GIFs alone, I know the importance of a good moving photo. But how did we communicate pre-GIF? Or, as I like to call it, B.G. (before GIF)?
Thankfully, someone tweeted this profound thought and everyone shared what life was like before we had the beautiful GIFs to do our bidding and man is it nostalgic. Let's just say, we are forever grateful for GIFs.
First of all, let's talk pronunciation.
It's a long-standing debate.
Let's just clear the air.
Sorry, but no.
|￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣| Gif is pronounced with a soft g |＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿| (\__/) ||… https://t.co/ZpIAwUHMcP— Dictionary.com (@Dictionary.com)1553546488.0
Good old GIPHY made a response.
@Dictionarycom |￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣| Delete this |＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿| (\__/) || (•ㅅ•) || / づ— GIPHY (@GIPHY)1553547657.0
People feel very strongly about this debate.
if you pronounce “gif” like the peanut butter brand you need to be thrown in a dumpster https://t.co/zT3OvLOHT6— brianna pirre (@brianna pirre)1553604646.0
Life B.G. was pretty bland.
What was my favorite “reaction gif” as a child? Oh Timmy no. When I was your age we had to respond in person, imme… https://t.co/DQxihAYIjY— Sarah Guzzardo (@Sarah Guzzardo)1553215718.0
It was all about reacting IRL.
The tiny violin was very important.
It was a powerful response for sure.
Where’s that tiny violin? https://t.co/sYD4N7LXFR— Reservoir Frogs🌹🔥 (@Reservoir Frogs🌹🔥)1553207203.0
The slow clap had a pretty big impact as well.
Slow clap is still effective today.
Slow clap. https://t.co/bbBGDcojn0— Men's Humor (@Men's Humor)1553278200.0
We all know this one.
Talk to the hand.
@MsSarahGuzzardo @PFTompkins When "the hand" came out, it was a gamechanger— Ryan McKenna (@Ryan McKenna)1553318092.0
So much attitude.
The "L" for loser.
@MsSarahGuzzardo @DartmouthDerek https://t.co/ZQxg4oZjM9— Sarah (@Sarah)1553287422.0
All the cool kids knew it.
The Z formation snap.
@MsSarahGuzzardo In Living Color gave us the special Zorro snap in Z formation. Game changer, really. https://t.co/QFZPvDYwhJ— 🔥 Lucky Dog Hot Sauce 🔥 (@🔥 Lucky Dog Hot Sauce 🔥)1553352476.0
So much attitude, it can't be topped.
Holding up a "W".Annoyed by what someone is saying? Hold up that "W" for "whatever" and they knew that you were not in the mood for chatting. Add an eye roll and it was game over.
We get it, you're sassy!
Or the killer combination.
@MsSarahGuzzardo @devinlee549 https://t.co/ExBsDGqOd0— SLOTUS (@SLOTUS)1553301527.0
Another choice is just pure regret.
@MsSarahGuzzardo You left out “nothing and then think about it for the next two decades”— theironingisdelicious (@theironingisdelicious)1553281311.0
The handmade GIF.
@MsSarahGuzzardo In my day, we made our reaction GIFs by hand, like this: https://t.co/yPXXsldcY9— Dígame Concejal (@Dígame Concejal)1553330086.0
But also, I am very impressed.
Of course, the bird.
@MsSarahGuzzardo @SerfDunlow The many variations of the bird finger was always a possibility too! https://t.co/FKxzJVSd3u— Josh Crews (@Josh Crews)1553315810.0
This one was kind of fun.
That thing that Ross did.
@MsSarahGuzzardo https://t.co/eCgiugE0cb— Coco’s Revenge ♏️ (@Coco’s Revenge ♏️)1553314550.0
This is a valid question.
@MsSarahGuzzardo @GoshDarnMyLife My son once asked me if, when I was his age, my friends and I wrote memes down on… https://t.co/QzrpRSBrSX— The Post Office is important (@The Post Office is important)1553307190.0