Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 12, 2015)

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Easy Doesn’t Do It

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.


… Laurence J. Peter


A Toast

Here’s to my psychiatrist. He finds you cracked and leaves you broke.


An Encouraging Rejection

In 1847, Charlotte Brontë (using the name Currer Bell) submitted the manuscript of The Professor to the publisher Smith, Elder. The firm’s letter of rejection actually encouraged the author. It discussed the book’s merits and demerits so courteously, so considerately, in a spirit so rational, with a discrimination so enlightened, that this very refusal cheered the author better than a vulgarly expressed acceptance would have done. Later that same year Smith, Elder published Jane Eyre.


Armenian Proverb

He is looking for the donkey while sitting on it.


From My Persian Dictionary

Kalyán; water-pipe (smoking)

Kalyon:    “        “          “

Nárgílah:   “        “          “

´Arzú-mand: keen (sharp)

Bán: keeper

Chi:     “


The Long and the Short of It

Edo: Did you hear my last speech?

Bedo: I certainly hope so.


What’s in a Name?

Shakhkanian: Persian and Turkish in derivation, identified as a royal appellation, shakh is defined as king, and kan as blood; thus, of royal blood.

Source: Armenian Weekly
Link: Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 12, 2015)