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#1 Old 01-02-2004, 10:55 PM
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What is the plural of falafel?



Falafel?

Falafels?

Falafi?

Some other odd word?



It's just a random question thats been bugging me.



I thought it was falafels but that sounds weird in a sentence.
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#2 Old 01-02-2004, 11:01 PM
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How can you have one falafel? *confused*
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#3 Old 01-02-2004, 11:02 PM
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I think its falafel...it means both singluar and plural kinda like sheep (hehe...I just wanted to use that smiley!)



I never eat just one...if I'm going to have a falafel pita...its gonna have more than one falafel in it!
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I'm pretty sure it's falafel. I think it's a sort of "some" type article. For example, you don't have one tofu, you have some tofu. Of course, I'm talking out of my here.
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Agreed. Correct term = falafel.
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#6 Old 01-03-2004, 02:40 AM
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I kind of like falafii, but oh well then be it.... falafel



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The plural for Falafel is FafaFrapperellas.
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what about Falafae?
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As I've just returned from Israel I am the uh.. authority on this.. :P hehe. It's FALAFELOT. Really.



When I was back in NYC this shop said "Israeli Falafel" and I was sad. It wasn't Israeli falafel. It's like New York bagels, outside of their namesake it just isn't the same. Sigh.
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if you're talking about a big bunch of falafel... it would be "falafel"



if you're talking about a number of falafel balls... it would be "falafels"
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The plural for Falafel is FafaFrapperellas.





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kisamanko - no doubt about it, israeli falafel is the best on this planet. I used to eat it every day coming home from school. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.



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Israeli falafel is about 30 times better than any falafel in the US but unfortunately I have only been in Israel 3 weeks of my whole life.
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As I've just returned from Israel I am the uh.. authority on this.. :P hehe. It's FALAFELOT. Really.



When I was back in NYC this shop said "Israeli Falafel" and I was sad. It wasn't Israeli falafel. It's like New York bagels, outside of their namesake it just isn't the same. Sigh.



Mmm NY Bagels...

I'd like to move somewhere other than NY for a while, but I think I'd go nuts without a decent bagel for too long!!

Mmm.. salt baaagel....

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As I've just returned from Israel I am the uh.. authority on this.. :P hehe. It's FALAFELOT. Really.



When I was back in NYC this shop said "Israeli Falafel" and I was sad. It wasn't Israeli falafel. It's like New York bagels, outside of their namesake it just isn't the same. Sigh.



Falafelot? who told you this?

There's no such word...
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#16 Old 01-04-2004, 07:24 AM
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So would many small falafel be falafelets?
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#17 Old 01-04-2004, 07:24 AM
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Well, Falafel is an Arabic food, it is Arab in origin. This tasty food has crept it's way into other middle eastern cultures such as Greek,Turkish, Persian/Iraninan and Israeli cultures. The plural to Falafel is in fact Falafel.
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Thumbs down falafels are not "israeli"

falafels are not and will never "israeli" sorry it's palestinian in that case. it's arab. european colonizers will never lay claim to it. you colonized palestine but u will NOT colonize it's foods. stop erasing food history.
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Nobody really knows where falafels originated...

and I suspect not many really care.
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falafels are not and will never "israeli" sorry it's palestinian in that case. it's arab. european colonizers will never lay claim to it. you colonized palestine but u will NOT colonize it's foods. stop erasing food history.
Per wikipedia:
Resentment exists amongst many Palestinians for what they see as the appropriation of their dish by Israelis.[26] Additionally, the Lebanese Industrialists' Association has raised assertions of copyright infringement against Israel concerning falafel.[14][15][27]

Falafel plays an iconic role in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the national dish of the country.[26] While falafel is not a specifically Jewish dish, it was eaten by Mizrahi Jews in their countries of origin.[1][14] Later, it was adopted by early Jewish immigrants to Palestine.[26] Due to its being entirely plant based, it is considered parve under Jewish dietary laws and gained acceptance with Jews because it could be eaten with meat or dairy.
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Falafel is 'Israeli' in the same way Curry is 'British', they're adopted foods from other cultures that have become a key part of our national identity as a consequence of migration. Indeed curry is so beloved by the British that it has often been touted as the 'British national dish.' However I doubt most British people would claim that curry is British in origin. I've no idea how Jewish Israeli's feel about the Arabic origins of their beloved falafel? But I would hope that they would afford it the same respect and affection that we British have for our adopted Indian 'national dish.'
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Nobody really knows where falafels originated...

and I suspect not many really care.
I do. They originated in the kitchen. And the plural of Felafel is no existent in my house. I ate them.

Anytime I think I'm perfect, I remember that my cousin lives on an island, and I've never walked over to visit her.
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I do. They originated in the kitchen. And the plural of Felafel is no existent in my house. I ate them.
How dare you have such a common sense, laid back approach on VB.

I love falafels and I don't care where they originated as long as some finish up in my belly.
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It's funny how food is so wrapped up in cultural identity. Personally I just love to eat, I don't care where food comes from as long as it's cruelty-free and tasty. But then maybe I would feel differently if I were from a country that took more pride in their cuisine, as a Canadian the most I have to feel defensive about is poutine and ketchup chips and Nanaimo bars.
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I don't care either as long as they keep the cilantro out!
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It's funny how food is so wrapped up in cultural identity. Personally I just love to eat, I don't care where food comes from as long as it's cruelty-free and tasty. But then maybe I would feel differently if I were from a country that took more pride in their cuisine, as a Canadian the most I have to feel defensive about is poutine and ketchup chips and Nanaimo bars.
I can understand the Nanaimo bars.

Anytime I think I'm perfect, I remember that my cousin lives on an island, and I've never walked over to visit her.
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