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A question concerning pronunciation. Is it FAL or F-A-L?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ol' scratch, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    I have always pronounced FN FAL as follows, F-N-F-A-L because it is an acronym for Fabrique National Fusil Automatique Léger. I have heard people call the rifle F-N FAL. I would think the same rules would apply that govern the pronunciation of CEO. We don't pronounce it CEE-OH for CEO. Which is the correct pronunciation?
  2. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

    I say it as one word, FAL

    don't know if that's correct though.
  3. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    One word. FAL.
  4. mberoose

    mberoose Well-Known Member

    Say Eff-Enn-Eff-Ay-Ell 3 times fast. :p

    I've always said "phal"
  5. fordm48

    fordm48 New Member

    As far as I know, there isn't any official English translation for the French "Le Fabrique Nationale Fusil Automatique Léger," or for the associated acronym, so really you can call it whatever you like and no one will really be able to correct you. I've heard F-N-F-A-L, fal, "fin-fawl," "fin-fal," "fun-fal..."
  6. I6turbo

    I6turbo Well-Known Member

    Ultimately, I think it would be correctly determined by how the company treats it. My guess is that "phal" is not used by the company (kind of like IBM isn't called "ibbum" except by people who don't know better), and F-A-L is correct.
  7. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    FAL or F-A-L

    Both pronunciations are correct.
  8. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    I say F-A-L, because it is an acronym and not a word.

    Same way you call an AR-15 as an A-R 15, and not an Arrrghh 15, or an AK-47 as an ack-47.
  9. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    I actually would call it an "ack" when playing FPS video games. One less syllable (several less because I exclude "forty seven"). I say FAL because it's simpler.

    I don't say AR-15, but that's probably because otherwise it sounds like R-15. Although the way you typed it out, I think we have a new joke. What is a pirate's favorite weapon? The arrrghh-15!
  10. vaupet

    vaupet Well-Known Member

    I never heardd anyone say F - A - L.
    Everbody in Belgium, including te military says "phal",
    just like they say Jee-Pee to the BHP.

    On my original Belgian Airforce 270 page instruction manual, there are no points between lettres

    Attached Files:

  11. fordm48

    fordm48 New Member

    Thank you, Vaupet! What a pleasant surprise to get a response from an actual Belgian with FAL experience.
  12. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    It's "Fusil Automatique Léger", You heathens.
  13. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    Just like the pronunciation of carbine; carBEAN or carBYNE

    Both are correct.
  14. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    "Fal" in English can sound too much like "fall", which already has multiple meanings. So I prefer "F.A.L."
  15. DeMilled

    DeMilled Well-Known Member

    I use F-A-L, or boom stick.

    Right Arm of the Free World also tickles my fancy.
  16. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    The British Military always called it the SLR ... I use F-A-L.
  17. dcarch

    dcarch Well-Known Member

    I have always said F-A-L, myself.
  18. navajo

    navajo Well-Known Member


    In the 60s my crowd called them FNs. Most folks knew what was meant by that.
  19. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    F.A.L. because I feel it's better to be consistent. Acronyms are pronounced as such for all kinds of guns like the SVD, PKM, RPD, RPG, KPV, UMP, AUG etc.

    However, some acronyms lend themselves to being pronounced as words very well, such as: Mag-58, M249-SAW, CAR-15... so I will pronounce them as words. For others you really don't have much of a choice; CETME ("set-me") and DShk ("Dishka")

    I facepalm every time I hear "Og" "Uhmp" or "fin-fal"
  20. josiewales

    josiewales Well-Known Member

    :D Me too.

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