The "compressed file format for images used to create simple, looping animations" took home top honors

By Maggie Coughlan
November 13, 2012 07:10 PM

Being a computer geek just got a little sexier.

Oxford Dictionaries announced Monday the Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year for 2012 is GIF.

If you’re not familiar with the noun, it is defined as “a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations,” according to Katherine Martin, Head of the U.S. Dictionaries Program at Oxford University Press USA.

After popping up everywhere from to Tumblr, the word had an amazing year.

The tech-savvy term beat out some fierce competition, including Eurogeddon (the potential financial collapse of the Eurozone), Superstorm (an unusually large and destructive storm), YOLO (“you only live once”), Nomophobia (anxiety caused by being without one’s mobile phone) and more.

While you’re contemplating what buzzword will make the cut next year, ogle these sexy GIFs of Hugh Jackman, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Zac Efron and William Levy!

PEOPLE’s choice for the Sexiest Man Alive title will be revealed Nov. 14. Be one of the first to find out.