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Why is Dick a nickname for Richard?

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2010-02-08 23:31:46

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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