Uncle Garabed’s Notebook

From the Hoover File
When Hoover invited the black wife of a congressman to the White House for tea, he was officially denounced by the state legislature of Texas.
Red Herrings
Cards, like women, are notorious for misleading men.
Pet Names
The change of M to P:
Mary – Polly
Margaret, Maggie or Meg – Peggy, Peg
Martha or Matty – Patty
The change of R to L or LL:
Sarah – Sally
Dorothy or Dora – Dolly
Harry – Hal
Stalemate: A husband with one joke.
From an ancestral headstone where the final “e” of the final word has long since weathered away. It now reads simply:
Hoity Toity
Edo: What follows the Symphonie Fantastique?
Bedo: Why, Carmina Burana, of course.
What’s in a Name?
Lalayan: Turkish in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, lala is defined as a servant placed in charge of a boy; tutor, pedagogue.


CK Garabed

Weekly Columnist
C.K. Garabed (a.k.a. Charles Kasbarian) has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian community organizations all his life. As a writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian Americans. He has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Reporter and the AGBU Literary Quarterly, “ARARAT.” For the last 30 years, Garabed has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Weekly. He produces a weekly column called “Uncle Garabed's Notebook,” in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes, poems, riddles, and trivia; for the past 10 years, each column has contained a deconstruction of an Armenian surname. He believes his greatest accomplishment in life, and his contribution to the Armenian nation, has been the espousing of Aghavni, and the begetting of Antranig and Lucine.

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