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

Profile picture of the author Chris Worner by Chris Worner Posted: 08/21/2010
I have always wondered where this nick name came from, do you know?

Chris

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

    Which punchline do you want?
  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    madison_avenue
    It comes from the medieval period.

    The son of Henry II : Richard the Lionheart, Richard I, was very courageous on the battlefield and a strong ruler at home. Richard "strong ruler" was shortened to Rick "strong ruler which rhymed with Dick. So Richard became Dick.
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Chris Worner
    Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

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

    Which punchline do you want?
    as many as you can come up with.

    Chris
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Steven Wagenheim
    It goes back a long ways.

    See, there was this guy Richard. And he had this friend Paul. And one day,
    Richard was behaving rather badly and Paul turned to him and said, "You
    know Richard...you're a real dick."

    And that's how we get the name Dick from Richard.

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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    mattlaclear
    Guess you gotta know Richard is all. He really isn't that pleasant of an individual. Maybe the ladies nicknamed him that though.
  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    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.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 ThomM
    ThomM
    Originally Posted by Val.S. View Post

    I've always wondered how, um, something else got the name 'Dick.' <blushes profusely and hides under desk!>
    So it would make jokes like this funnier.
    "Have you ever known a Richard who wasn't a Dick?":rolleyes:


    I've always wondered what genius decided that Tom is short for Thomas:confused:
    Probably someone named Dick.
  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    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 Steven Wagenheim
    Steven Wagenheim
    Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

    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
    And the worst part is, even if you ARE big Dick, if you're little Dick, you'll
    always be little Dick.

    And the last thing a family needs is a couple of Dicks dropping their pants
    in the middle of the living room to prove who's REALLY big Dick.

    Okay, I gotta stop because I start laughing so hard I begin to cry.
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    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
    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
    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
    Jagged
    how about that nascar racer...dick trickle? imagine going through life with that name...yikes!!
  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    Sumit Menon
    Why isn't it Rich or Rick?
  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Alan Petersen
    Dick - meaning of Dick name

    My wife had an aunt and uncle who went by their nicknames Uncle Dick and Aunt Tiny. Just cracks me up. You had be careful when you greeted Tiny & Dick.

    Most Richards that I know that go by "Dick" were older so maybe it wasn't as common slang as now.
  • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
    Bill Farnham
    Originally Posted by Jagged View Post

    how about that nascar racer...dick trickle? imagine going through life with that name...yikes!!
    Or Dick Butkus, pronounced...
  • Profile picture of the author abednego
    abednego
    Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

    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".
    ... noway - I'd insist that EVERYONE calls me dick!

    Not that names matter anyway.

    I'm half polish / half Italian; with an English first name...
  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    JayXtreme
    Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

    A man's name says a lot about him.
    ? does it?

    I'm curious about how you came to this conclusion. A name is assigned to you by your parents, before you are even born... how could it possibly say anything about you?
  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Alan Petersen
    Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

    ? does it?

    I'm curious about how you came to this conclusion. A name is assigned to you by your parents, before you are even born... how could it possibly say anything about you?
    I agree, if anything it says a lot about the name-givers (parents) than us. Just ask the boy named Sue.

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