How do you get the name "Dick" from Richard?

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I have always wondered where this nick name came from, do you know?

Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    >How do you get the name "Dick" from Richard?

    Which punchline do you want?
  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Originally Posted by skyfox7 View Post

    I have always wondered where this nick name came from, do you know?

    Chris

    I think looking at Cockney English -- aka rhyming slang -- might give a hint of how this happened.
  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    I've always wondered how, um, something else got the name 'Dick.' <blushes profusely and hides under desk!>
  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    There is a fellow with whom I have been friends since childhood. His name is Richard, and everyone calls him Dick.

    His father (deceased) was named Richard, and everyone called him Dick.

    My friend's mom, when referring to her son and her husband called them "Big Dick" and "Little Dick." Then she would break out laughing.

    :-Don
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I think all of you need to stop being dicks.
    What I want to know is how Did Jack become John, and vice versa!
    (This is coming from Kim,which is almost as bad as being a boy named Sue!)
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    A man's name says a lot about him.
    I think if I were named Richard I would just have to insist that people call me "Rich".
  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    No lie... I used to work with a guy whose name was... drum roll...

    Richard Washer

    Everyone called him Dick ...

    He looked like a defeated man when I knew him. But a helluva nice
    guy.


    Ken
  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    how about that nascar racer...dick trickle? imagine going through life with that name...yikes!!
  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    Why isn't it Rich or Rick?
  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    My neighbour is called Richard and he's a right DICK!
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    "one time I walked into a supervisor's office and asked for thursday off to run some errands. So he wrote in his Day Planner, yep you guessed it,
    Jack off on Thursday....."


    Best laugh I've had in a while! Spewing coffee on the screen funny! Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    And how to you get Bob from Robert, Bill from William,Peggy from Margaret etc. names are funny things.

    Years ago, and I swear this is true, I came across someone called Richard and his surname was Head. I can only hope he was always known as Richard.

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