Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 23, 2016)

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Having It Both Ways

The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.

… Quentin Crisp


West African Proverb                                                 

The parasite has no roots.


A Good Non-Winner

A company that manufactured soap and perfume offered a prize for the best slogan submitted for the advertisement of its products. The judges easily agreed on the best slogan, but did not give it the prize. The slogan was: “If you don’t use our soap, for heaven’s sake use our perfume.”


Contempt Breeds Unfamiliarity

Ara Mandr-parayan: Mr. Partsrkloukhian, er—ah—that is—can—er—I will—will you.

Mr. Partsrkloukhian: Why, yes, my boy, you may have her.

Ara Mandr-parayan: What’s that? Have whom?

Mr. Partsrkloukhian: My daughter, of course. That’s what you mean—you want to marry her, don’t you?

Ara Mandr-parayan:Why, no—I just wanted to know if you would lend me five dollars.

Mr. Partsrkloukhian: Certainly not. Why, I hardly know you.



The late Anoush Krikorian was an eminent actor, musician, and raconteur. Once, when in the company of a group of seniors, who were given to indulging in a good deal of idle talk, he remained silent. One of the members of the group, noticing this, turned to him and said, “You’re not very talkative, are you?” Anoush replied, “No, not talkative; thinkative.”


What’s in a Name?

Merangoulian: Persian in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, meran is defined as prince, and goul as rose; therefore, rose prince.

Source: Armenian Weekly
Link: Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 23, 2016)