Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 31, 2015)

On Manners

An English gentleman is a man who may shake his dog’s paw, but not his servant’s hand.

 

Japanese Proverb

The reverse side also has a reverse side.

 

A Modern Aphorism

He who shoots from the hip doesn’t have the convictions of his courage.

 

Old English Rhyme

Monday for wealth,

Tuesday for health,

Wednesday the best day of all,

Thursday for crosses,

Friday for losses,

Saturday no luck at all.

 

History’s Lessons

Socrates declared that he knew nothing, and those who sentenced him to death knew even less.

 

Commentary from the Word Lab

Gadfly is a metaphor for someone who needles the high and mighty, and performs a useful public service. But, look where gadflies spend most of their time—around the rumps of their victims.

 

What’s in a Name?

Dostourian: Armenian in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, doustr or tousdr is defined as daughter, girl.

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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 20 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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