Monday, August 13, 2007

The Atlanta Falcons: Causing More Problems

Keeping on a theme -- if you would, gentle reader, speak aloud the team name up there in the title.

Done? Ok, thanks.

For my entire life, I pronounced the word "fahl-cons." Last year, in a bar, I said that -- and it was greeted with peals of laughter and calls for me to say it again. Apparently, everyone else says it "faal-cons." (for a better approximation, go here and press the pronunciation links: Merriam-Webster says both are ok, though faal-cons seems preferred.)

Since then, it's been a mild obsession of mine, conducting unofficial surveys of how people say it and where they're from. My parents, who presumably taught me how to speak, say it "faal." In fact, the only people I've found that agree with me are as follows: the Elk (raised in Minnesota), Fidel (raised in London), and my little brother (raised in Colorado).

I've also been told that "fahl" might be acceptable if you're being some hoity-toity snob and discussing things like "Falcon Crest," but it's not acceptable for the Atlanta Faal-cons.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

when i think of kazakhstan...

gsdgsd13 said...

...I think of those magical nights in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Also Evgeni Nabokov and Borat.

Nanuk of the North said...

Um? Snobs discuss Falcon Crest? The things I learn on this blog.

As for your research, I can report I'm born and raised in Quebec and say faal-cons.

One last thing: Belated comment on two posts down. I was a bit disappointed to see that the post entitled Hot August Nights was, in fact, meteorological and not a feature on that Neil Diamond cover band you admitted to seeing. I've been hoping to read some more about that band and your memories thereof.

gsdgsd13 said...

I like to imagine the upper crust of society, discussing Falcon Crest. I've never seen the show, but I'm a low-class slob.

The two times I've seen Hot August Knights (they apply the "K"), I was really really drunk. All my stories would be about drunken misbehavior, since I don't remember much of the actual performances, and in any case I've heard more ND songs performed by Hot August Knights than I've heard performed by Neil himself.

Anonymous said...

I say faalcons, but I don't use it that much. OH-->AZ-->CA-->MX-->CA-->OH (my migratory history for your stats)

L.P.

Kynan said...

While the dictionary may equivocate on the pronunciation of "Falcons," it does not do so for "Broncos": pil'o-bit'erz.