Virtue is its own punishment.
… Aneurin Bevan
From the Word Lab
CADUCEUS: According to Webster’s New International Dictionary, it is a herald’s staff of office; spec., the staff of Hermes or Mercury. Hermes’ staff as a symbol of a physician or medical corps. However, Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, in his Reader’s Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, Allusions, References, Proverbs, Plots, Stories, and Poems, has the following to say: The wand of Mercury. The “post of Mercury” means the office of a pimp, and to “bear the caduceus” means to exercise the functions of a pimp.
Employer to Office Boy: Do you believe in life after death?
Office Boy: Oh, yes, sir.
Employer: Ah, then everything is in order, because after you took time off yesterday to attend your grandfather’s funeral, he came here to see you.
According to information posted on the internet, there are between 25,000 and 30,000 Armenian-speaking Muslim Hamshen Armenians in the Khopa Region of Turkey. In the diasporan Armenian community there are many who feel that the Hamshens are not to be accepted as Armenians because they are not Christian. Such persons should be asked if they consider Dikran Medz to be an Armenian king.
Edo: How did you make out with your last physical exam?
Bedo: The doctor told me that I’m in good shape for the shape I’m in.
What’s in a Name?
Mahmarian: Persian in derivation, identified as a trade or calling, mi‛már is defined as builder.