Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 1, 2017)

A Matter of Life and Death

Our Birth made us Mortal, our Death will make us Immortal.
…Thomas Fuller

Folk Limerick

A beautiful lady named Psyche
Is loved by a fellow named Yche.
One thing about Ych
The lady can’t like
Is his beard, which is dreadfully spyche.

Inside Information

Levon Alipounarian (whose family name derives from the village of Alipounar in Dikranagerd)
categorized the Dikranagerdtsi dialect as slang.

On X-Rated Films

Our old-fashioned viewpoint about sex is that it never was intended to be a spectator sport.
…Harold Coffin

From My Persian Dictionary

Amír: lord
Khán: “
Beg: “
Válí: “
´Aghá: “
Sayyid: “

What’s in a Name

Maranchian: Armenian and Turkish in derivation, identified as an occupation, maran in Armenian is
defined as pantry, larder, wine-cellar, cave, storeroom, canteen; and chi in Turkish is defined as one who
owns or works in the aforementioned sites. Therefore a maranchi is a butler, steward, or vintner.


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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