Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 2, 2016)

Unusual Adage

Prudent cruelty is better than foolish pity.

… Thomas Fuller



He lost the game;

No matter for that—

He kept his temper,

He swung his hat

And cheered the winners—

A better way,

Than to lose his temper

And win the day.



Gossip is the most deadly microbe

It has neither legs nor wings,

It is composed mostly of tales

And most of them have stings.

… E.E. Opdyke


A Ribald Palindrome

Eros? Sidney, my end is sore.


On Lying

Edo: Don’t you think that Wordsworth was right when he said: Heaven lies about us in our infancy?

Bedo: Sure, but he forgot to add that everybody lies about us in our maturity.


What’s in a Name?

Srmakeshkhanlian: Turkish in derivation, identified as an occupation, srma is defined as gold or silver thread, srmakesh as the worker who draws the thread, srmakeshkhan as the factory where such work is done, and srmakeshkhanli as the owner of the factory.

Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West