Thursday, October 19, 2006
To look at this sweet-faced rasta, the name "Bongles" doesn't immediately come to mind. Particularly since the word "bongles" is not in my vocabulary.
Ok, in patois maybe "bongles" is a substitute for "bundles." Still. I'm just sayin. Bundles? Bundles of WHAT?
Oh. Ok. Maybe I shouldn't ask.
I read once that a Jamaican's Original Name, the name 'pon de berf SUR-fi-ticket (birth certificate) is a tiny treasure that is locked up after the day it is given, as if in a precious box, rarely to be seen again. Maybe not until the next rite of passage such as a graduation or a marriage.
Or even death.
On those special occasions, the box is opened and the name is gingerly extracted for a few hours and then quickly put away again. For the rest of your days, all manner of names are worn, either like a pair of comfortable shoes that last and last and last. Or like a closetful of cloaks, which change with the weather.
I know a
Bigga Ford -- something to do with a vehicle, seriously.
Tikka Chest -- has a thick, stout torso.
Trote -- has a large goiter upon his throat.
Bumpy -- yes, has a large, continually-growing bump on his forehead.
Reggie (original name "Cleveland") -- for a kinship with the role of Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.
Scatta Shot -- a tendency to bounce quickly from place to place, not necessarily with any intention to do so.
Junior -- I must know two dozen "Juniors".
Scallion -- he's quite skinny.
Revvy -- something to do with a decidedly NON-pastor like existence.
Rough -- he could sleep on a 6-foot 2 x 4, set upon two piles of bricks and be quite comfortable. And if he dropped to the ground, he'd keep on sleeping.
Blacka -- skin dark like the night.
You get the idea. You are who you are.
I could go on and on. Even to include one of my mother-in-law's yard pupppies. Can't recall what, if any, name it was given at birth, but after it was stolen by a neighbor and Miss Una had to pay a ransom of one Jamaican dollar and fifty cents to get her back, well, you know the rest.
Th dog is forever known as "Dollah Fifty".
Posted by VH McKenzie at 12:01 AM