So, I had no idea that the newly crowned Miss USA, Rima Fakih, could speak Arabic. Am I behind the times? Check out this video I discovered while, ahem, doing some serious research about electoral reform on Youtube.
Anyone else impressed by the way in which a regional dialect is preserved by emigration? Had Miss Fakih grown up in Lebanon, she would have likely moved to the big city to attend university by age 18, at which point her delightful jnoobi accent would have been wiped out by some other prestige dialect (probably Achrafieh-ese). She would have, in other words, ended up speaking like this: