Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 17, 2010)

From an Ancient
Fidelity is the sister of justice.
Tongue Twister
Te te, ro ro, ma ma, nu nu, da da, te te, la la, te te!
(Latin: Te tero, Roma, manu nuda, date tela, latete)
“I will destroy you, Rome, with my bare hands, give arms
and hide yourself!”
Hannibal, as he neared the gates of Rome
Gross Ignorance: something that is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
Gallantry Personified
Upon the day he arrived at the Court of Vienna, a French officer was asked by the empress if the Princess T_____ of France was really the most beautiful woman on the continent. “I so believed, Madame, until today,” said the Frenchman.
From the Trivia File
You can determine, naturally, the current air temperature by counting the number of cricket chirps in a 15-second interval, and adding 37.
From My Persian Dictionary
Kúr: blind.
Chúrak: bread.
΄Arús: bride.
Haivání: brutal
What’s in a Name?
Taneian: Turkish in derivation, identified as an occupation, Taneian is a truncation of Tanekermezian. Tane is defined as a grain, berry, seed; and kurmuz as red. Therefore, a cultivator of red grain.

CK Garabed

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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