Frank Zappa Jul 20, 2005 15:25:47 GMT -5
Post by asdf on Jul 20, 2005 15:25:47 GMT -5
drooperdoo said:It cracks me up, someone listing Zappa's name and saying: "See? --It doesn't denote anything Arab!"
Lebanese people are mostly Christian, not "Arab". Lebanese-American comic Danny Thomas was born "Amos Jacobs".
If you asked the average nimrod what that name "sounds" like, he'd say "Jewish".
Alas, Danny Thomas was a Lebanese Christian. So, no, not all Lebanese people have "Arab" names. Look at football star Doug Flutie. He's also of Lebanese extraction. How many Americans know that "Flutie" is an Anglicization of the common Lebanese surname "Faloodi"?
Here's a link from the "Lebanese American Society," with a list of famous Americans with Lebanese heritage. cedars1.com/prominent/amleb.htm#Entertainment
P.S.--I'm not Lebanese myself and couldn't care less if Zappa was Lebanese. I always knew--like all Americans--he was a mix of many different things. Among those things was clearly Sicilian. Whether he's more Sicilian than Lebanese or Lebanese than Sicilian, I don't know. Perhaps his ancestors were from a Lebanese community in Sicily. What do I know? . . . All I'm saying is: He looks more Levantine than Sicilian--at least, to me.
There's a better thread at Skadi on him... Oh, and most Lebanese are not Christian. This was true 40 years ago, but you know how Muslims work now. Less than half of the population is Christian the numbers are declining. I suppose they've sent out plenty of immigrants though that were Christian. I think almost all of Lebanese-Americans are Christian.
Like your English.
Maybe we should all try better to be a little more tactful.