Author Archives: pmnazari@usc.edu

Ach’k (Evil Eye)

Item: Western Armenian: աչք Phonetic (IPA): ɑt͡ʃʰkʰ Transliteration: ach’k Translation: eye A blue bead representing an eye can be used to ward off evil. The bead is simply called the “ach’k,” meaning “eye.” For example, the ach’k could be hung from the rear view mirror of a car, worn as a necklace, or kept somewhere […]

Every Confidant Has a Confidant

Item (direct transcription): Every confidant has a confidant. Background Information: The informant learned the proverb from her father. To her, the proverb means to be careful who you confide in. Contextual Information: The informant says she would use this proverb to warn someone against confiding in someone dubious. Analysis: This saying meets three out of […]

May You Grow Old Sleeping on One Pillow

Item (direct transcription): May you grow old sleeping on one pillow. Background Information: The informant learned this blessing from his grandfather, who told it to him when he got married. Contextual Information: This blessing is meant to be given at a wedding. After the informant’s grandfather grew too old to attend weddings and eventually passed […]

Every Rock Falls on My Head

Item (direct transcription): Every rock falls on my head. Background Information: The informant learned this saying from his father. It means, “I get blamed for every problem.” Contextual Information: The informant says he uses this dite when he feels that he is being undeservedly blamed for something, especially if by his wife. However, he only […]