Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 28, 2017)

Arabic Proverb

When a learned man errs he makes a learned error.


Advice from a Statesman

In matters of principle, stand like a rock:
In matters of taste, swim with the current.


Consolatory Words

Everyone likes to pull the lion’s tail.



The Old Mandarin was always pleased
When in his philosophical reading
He encountered the names of Deep Thinkers.
What an excellent name for a psychoanalyst
Is Schrenk-Notzing
For truly
They shrink from nothing.

…Christopher Morley


History Lesson

Just as the Turkic speaking Khazars usurped the identity of the ancient Hebrews, the Ottoman Turks usurped the identity of the Armenians.


Armenian Saying

Who thinks his tan is sour?


The Half of It

Edo: Yes, it was a sad case about Setro. Since he lost all his money half his friends don’t know him anymore.

Bedo: What about the other half?

Edo: They don’t know yet that he has lost it.


What’s in a Name?

Kervanbashian: Turkish in derivation, identified as an occupation, kervanbash is a leader of a caravan.

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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