I heard a strange newscast today on the way to work... talking about an old author (I think it was Damon Runion) who had recently passed away and they read a passage from one of his books. In it someone was talking about a character called Horse-Thief Harry, nicknamed not because he was an actual horse-thief, but because everyone reckoned that IF the opportunity arose- he might actually steal a horse.
Man, am I ever glad THAT trend didn't catch on.... Getting a nickname not for what you have done- but what you might POSSIBLY do if the opportunity arose.
Can you imaging some of your OWN nicknames that might have come about?
*Shudders at the thought*.......