Why is Dick a nickname for Richard?
a man named richard from the 40s or 50s nick named dick because he was a Detective named Richard aka DICK RICK The name Richard is very old and it's true origins may well be lost in the depths of time past. 'Richeard' is a name from Old English where 'Ric' meant ruler and 'heard' meant hard. In those days of yore, before word-processors, everything was written down and abbreviations became common and agreed upon. Also in the 13th century rhyming slang became popular so Richard becomes Rich and eventually Rick which rhymes with Dick. Much like William - Will - Bill. 'Dick' eventually, like 'Jack', came to mean all men as in "every Tom, Dick, or Harry". Shakespeare uses "every Tom, Dick, or Francis" in Henry IV Part I.
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"fellow, lad, man," 1553, rhyming nickname for Rick , short for Richard, one of the commonest Eng. names, it has long been a synonym for "fellow," and so most of the slang se…nses are probably very old, but naturally hard to find in the surviving records. The meaning "penis" is attested from 1891 in British army slang; d*ckhead "stupid person" is from 1969. Meaning "detective" is recorded from 1908, perhaps as a shortened variant of detective. The D*ck Whittington story is an old one, told under other names throughout Europe, of a poor boy who sends a cat he had bought for a penny as his stake in a trading voyage; the captain sells it on his behalf for a fortune to a foreign king whose palace is overrun by rats. The hero devotes part of his windfall to charity, which may be why the legend attached in England since 16c. to Sir Richard Whittington (d.1423), three times Lord Mayor of London, who died childless and devoted large sums in his will to churches, almshouses, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. source: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dick Because "Rich" looks awefully like "Dick" in old time handwriting. same goes for "Bob" to "Robert", "Bill" to "William"...
Ricky, Richie, Rich
I have been called Rick, Ricky, Rich, Richie, Dick and Dickey. I think that may be it.
Helen Gahagan Douglas gave him this nick name during the 1950 U.S. Senate race in California, in reference to Nixon's alleged use of dirty tricks during the campaign, mixed wi…th a common nickname for Richard; Dick, hence "Tricky Dick".
Is there a word that means the transformation of names such as Robert and Richard to nicknames such as Bob and Dick If so what is it?
Maker of the hydro bomb
In Middle English, the C and H in Richard were separated, so the name was pronounced Rick-hard . It was frequently shortened to Rick . Because the name was so popular, m…any variants were needed to distinguish the different Richards in the village. People tended to change the first consonant to produce rhyming substitutes for Rick . Popular nicknames for a Richard therefore included Hick , Lick , Dick , etc. Within a few generations, these gave rise to surnames such as Hicks and Dixon .
Because he called his opponent a Communist sympathsizer.
Dick is usually a nickname for Richard, but it may be a given name.
The reason why critics of Richard Nixon gave him the nicknametricky dick was because of his dirty campaign practices. He wasgiven this nickname in the 50s.
Dick Richards was born in 1936.
Dick Richards - footballer - died on 1934-01-27.
Dick Richards - footballer - was born on 1890-02-14.
Richard A. Dick has written: 'Factors in selecting and applying commercial explosives and blasting agents' -- subject(s): Explosives
Dick Richards has written: 'Artful work' -- subject(s): Commitment (Psychology), Industrial Psychology, Psychological aspects, Psychological aspects of Work, Psychology, Ind…ustrial, Work 'The topic of cancer' -- subject(s): Cancer 'Is your genius at work?' -- subject(s): Genius, Psychological aspects, Psychological aspects of Success, Self-actualization (Psychology), Self-perception, Success