What’s in a name? I sometimes ponder that question. I’m not so much interested in people’s formal or proper names, but rather in some of the names they adopt or come to be known by. Some people are said to have aliases, which sounds a bit like a dreaded disease. Some have sobriquets which are better known as nicknames. Sobriquet sounds like the stuff you use as fuel for the barbeque. Nickname sounds more like fun, and of course I like to have fun. Some writers use pen names, or noms de plume. Some guys are said to have a moniker, a term which sounds more feminine than it really is. And some people use what is termed a Nom de Guerre, which to me sounds just about as frightful as anything you can possibly imagine. I know plenty of people with nicknames. For some of them I don’t even know their proper names at all, but it doesn’t really matter because we get along just fine. And some nicknames are more appropriate than others. For instance, when I was a youngster in Montreal I was known to some kids my age as Flash, because at the slightest hint of trouble I’d be gone. And a few of my parents’ friends would tease me with the moniker Ambition or Ambitious as a sort of extension of my proper name, Amba. But it never really stuck because at that time in my life I had absolutely no ambition at all. At least, not that I was aware of. It simply was not a very good fit as an alias or a sobriquet, but at any rate, I simply outgrew whatever you might want to call it. Now in my golden years in Nevis I marvel at the numbers and types of people sporting various names they are known by other than those with which they were properly Christened. I am amazed that even the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Denzil Douglas conducts himself with so much panache and savoir-faire while referring to himself by what I consider to be a rather incredible title. But perhaps that’s what should be expected from someone who modestly calls himself “Ten Man in One.”I use the term ‘modest’ because I suspect that if you told him he was worth more than one hundred of our nationals put together, he would not totally disagree with you. So claiming to be Ten Man in One is really quite a modest, if not humble assessment of himself, don’t you think – or would you rather not say? Some people also call him “Stranger”, but we’ll go into that some other time. And then there’s Hon. Joseph Parry, former Premier of Nevis, who even more modestly named himself “Jungle Warrior.”Again I use the term ‘modest’ because although some of his admirers claimed he was like the great statesman Nelson Mandela, he has stayed with the much less impressive “Jungle Warrior”as his alternate identity. In this regard it would seem he has been faithfully following in Ten Man in One’s footsteps. Or at least, trying to. But the problem is, Ten Man in One has been laying down ten different sets of footprints as he goes along, and it has been very difficult for the Jungle Warrior to follow them all. In fact he would seem to be so far behind as to be almost out of sight! But a Jungle Warrior can hardly be expected to cover as much ground as Ten Man who can literally be regarded as footloose and fancy-free. Or something like that. In recent months Ten Man has been seen all over the place at various do’s and functions. Some of them were especially in his honour for one reason or another, and some were for other occasions which offered him the opportunity to almost be seen as being in ten different places at the same time. Perhaps I exaggerate a little. But his frequent appearances around St. Kitts are naturally expected since he lives and works there. Yet almost as frequently he has recently been seen around Nevis, seemingly even more often than Hon. Joseph Parry, who lives and works there. So his modest “Ten Man”image might deserve some measure of credibility, wouldn’t you say…? Actually, I came up with some rather interesting ideas about the names that Hon. Denzil Douglas and Joseph Parry have chosen for themselves. I especially characterise those names as Noms de Guerre because “Ten Man in One”and Jungle Warrior”both sound so blatantly warlike and I believed the intention was to frighten into submission or intimidate all those who might dare to oppose them. They surely don’t intend to endear themselves to people that way. Those names remind me more of scary monikers like “Ivan the Terrible”or Attila, the Hun. But that’s only one thought that sprung to mind. Another idea is that “Ten Man in One”is a diabolically clever code meaning that ten of the key people critical to running the affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, are under the control of one man. Does that make any sense to you? Hmmm… I’m going to give it some more thought, and don’t you worry, I won’t forget about the “Jungle Warrior”either. A sobriquet or nom de guerre like that is a pretty hard thing to forget! Wouldn’t you say? But there isn’t space to go into that right now, so we’ll just have to do it some other time.