Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 29, 2015)

The Winning Attitude

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.

… Vince Lombardi


A Modern Aphorism

It’s the few that help us tolerate the many.


Newspaper Headline

Tourists Asked to Leave Keys as Florida Prepares for Storm


Politeness Counts

A man is descending in an apartment elevator when the car stops on a lower floor, and a nude woman enters the car. The man is at a loss as to what to say. Feeling that he should say something, he blurts out, “My wife has an outfit just like yours.”


Literary Errors

The Ghost, in Hamlet, is evidently a Roman Catholic: he talks of purgatory, absolution, and other Catholic dogmas, but the Danes at the time were pagans.



Chastity belt: an antitrust suit.

Unchivalrous knight: the one who files it.


What’s in a Name?

Karabasanian: Turkish in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, kara is defined as black, and basan as nightmare.

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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