a FAL vs. an FAL


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zahc
November 10, 2003, 05:58 PM
Is "FAL" Pronounced F-A-L or FAL? I've heard people say both "..an FAL" and "..a FAL".

I'm talking about the rifle.

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azthistletoe
November 10, 2003, 06:06 PM
I would imagine it's OK to say it both ways, as acronyms are often said phonetically and just spelled out. I prefer F-A-L, personally - like S-K-S and B-A-R. :)

DaveH
November 10, 2003, 06:09 PM
This has been discussed here:
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=22105

Enjoy.

Bill Hook
November 10, 2003, 06:32 PM
Just say "Fusil Automatique Leger." :D

Dave R
November 10, 2003, 06:40 PM
All this controversy gives me a headache.

The guy from Belgium at Fal-files said its pronounced Fall. Like before winter. Good enough for me.

Besides, I always pronounced it Fall. Therefore, its right and all you "Fal" (rhymes with gal) folks donno what yer talking about.

I could maybe live with eff aye ell, but not the "gal" stuff.

hksw
November 10, 2003, 07:04 PM
IMO, totally dependent on personal preference. I always call it an FAL (ef ay el).

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11294

7.62FullMetalJacket
November 10, 2003, 10:12 PM
It is an ACRONYM. ef ay el it is.

Dionysusigma
November 10, 2003, 10:26 PM
I, for one, pronounce it like the word "fowl", but more like "gal" and less like "towel".

nemesis
November 10, 2003, 10:30 PM
Is the weapon manufactured by "Eff Enn" or by FFFFnnnnn?

It was always an "Eff Ay El" when we started using them 40 years ago. To be specific, it was an "Eff Enn, Eff Ay El".

swingset
November 11, 2003, 04:11 AM
I'm a simple guy, and FAL (as in "gal") takes less time to say than "F-A-L".

Any word that can be shortened and still retain it's meaning and clarity should be shortened. Life's too short to stumble over acronyms, especially if they spell something neato like FAL.

Problem solved.

Besides, if you were describing the FALfiles website, what would you say? "I went to the Efff Aye Ellll files dot com site last night". Mouthful, ain't it?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I should rule the world. I solve the big problems.

RUT
November 11, 2003, 09:02 AM
Well, that should answer the question for perhaps a month or so!:)

Tamara
November 11, 2003, 09:21 AM
You could say it like El Tejon does: "Mechanical Musket." That's always given me a chuckle. ;)

Pumpkinheaver
November 11, 2003, 04:41 PM
I say it L1A1.:D

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