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a FAL vs. an FAL

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by zahc, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. zahc

    zahc Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. azthistletoe

    azthistletoe Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  3. DaveH

    DaveH Active Member

  4. Bill Hook

    Bill Hook member

    Just say "Fusil Automatique Leger." :D
  5. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

  7. 7.62FullMetalJacket

    7.62FullMetalJacket Well-Known Member

    It is an ACRONYM. ef ay el it is.
  8. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    I, for one, pronounce it like the word "fowl", but more like "gal" and less like "towel".
  9. nemesis

    nemesis Well-Known Member

    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".
  10. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. RUT

    RUT Well-Known Member

    Well, that should answer the question for perhaps a month or so!:)
  12. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    You could say it like El Tejon does: "Mechanical Musket." That's always given me a chuckle. ;)
  13. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Well-Known Member

    I say it L1A1.:D

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