Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 29, 2017)



Napoleonic Palindrome

Able was I ere I saw Elba.

A Prescription

A husband should be taller, older, heavier, uglier and hoarser than his wife.
…E.W. Howe

Scottish Folklore

Life is truly froth and bubble;
Two things stand like stone;
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.

A Toast

Here’s to the maid who is thrifty,
And knows it is folly to yearn,
And picks out a lover of fifty,
Because he has money to burn.

Apt Moniker

Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the MRI, dubbed his machine Indomitable.
A fitting alternate name could have been Ann Bardelli. Although it sounds like an Italian girl’s name, when pronounced anbardeli, in Armenian, it means indomitable.

Armenian Proverb

Satan sticks his nose in a job done hurriedly.

What’s in a Name?

Paskalyan: Turkish in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, Paskalya is defined as Easter.

Paskalian: Turkish in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, paskal is defined as comic, buffoon.


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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