Hi, Here's another pronunciation problem that I find really puzzling and mind-boggling, namely the word falcon. (I know that some might arrive at the conclusion that one day I'll end up on the funny farm, spending my time poring over the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, but who cares....) According to the aforementioned source, these are the following alternatives: BrEnglish a) fɔːlkən /ɔː/ as in horse b) fɔːkən silent /l/ c) fɒlkən /ɒ/ as in clock d) fælkən /æ/ as in cat AmEnglish a) fælkən b) fɔːlkən c) fɑːlkən /ɑː/ as in car Which of the above do you consider to be in the most widespread use? Do you, AmEnglish speakers, have a tendency to avoid dropping /l/? On a side note, according to the Cambridge English Pronunciation Dictionary, version "b" is the usual British pronunciation among people who practice the sport of falconry. Would you go along with that? Do you happen to know why it is this version that has gained popularity among those people?