Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 10, 2017)

Armenian Proverb

The friend who doesn’t regularly come and go becomes a stranger; the stranger who regularly comes and goes becomes a friend.

On Deviation from Orthodoxy

Leave no turn unstoned.


Breeding: the quality that enables a person to wait in well-mannered silence while the loudmouth gets the service.

A Crack at the Liberty Bell

America: the only nation in history that has gone from barbarism to decadence without passing through the intervening stage of civilization.
…George Clemenceau

From the Word Lab

The word “curfew” comes from the French couvre feu, or “cover the fire.” A curfew was originally the time when you had to extinguish fires, candles and lamps.

Taken at His Word

Edo: The college I went to turned out some great men.
When did you graduate?
Bedo: I didn’t exactly graduate. I was turned out.

What’s in a Name?

Tepikian: Diminutive of Stepan, derived from Greek Stephanos, identified as a descriptive term, and defined as crown.

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