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Old 09-21-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Why do people!!!

I don't understand when people's birth name is Richard, why do they like to use the name "dick" for short??? Really you guys don't see that strange? I have a customer and its kinda funny.. His name is dick sackler.. Well real name is Richard but he like to go by the name dick.. I don't know doesn't make sense to me.. Please fill me in on you oppinions!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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There's a doctor in my area named Richard Poon.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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Does his middle name start with an "N" hi, I'm dick n. poon... Haha too funny cause my customer I mention is a doctor as well
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:14 PM   #6
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i was in finish line about 2 months ago and their was a shirt that said " dont be a richard"
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #7
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The name Richard is thought by most etymologists to derive from the Proto-Germanic 'Rikharthu', meaning more or less "hard ruler" ('Rik-' meaning 'ruler' and '-harthu' meaning 'hard***8217. This was adopted into Old High German as 'Ricohard', and from there to Old French, then Old English as 'Richeard', and today as 'Richard'.
You might think from Richard meaning "hard ruler" and being a man's name that Dick being a nickname for Richard probably came about for pejorative reasons, borrowing from one of the other meanings of "dick", such as 'dick' as in 'jerk' or 'dick as in 'penis'. However, the first record of 'dick' meaning 'jerk' didn't come about until a few hundred years after its association with Richard and the first record of it referring to a penis wasn't until the 1890s, as a British army slang term. Exactly how that latter meaning came about isn't known, being a slang term that was considered somewhat uncouth to put on paper. Because of that, 'dick' meaning 'penis' probably had been around a while before the 1890s, but not nearly long enough before to have contributed to the Richard/Dick connection.
How Dick became a nickname for Richard is known and is one of those "knee bone connected to the thigh bone" type progressions, somewhat similar to how the word 'soccer' came about. Due to people having to write everything by hand, shortened versions of Richard were common, such as 'Ric' or 'Rich'. This in turn gave rise to nicknames like 'Richie', 'Rick', and 'Ricket', among others. People also used to like to use rhyming names; thus, someone who was nicknamed Rich might further be nicknamed Hitch. Thus, Richard -> Ric -> Rick gave rise to nicknames like Dick and Hick around the early 13th century.
While few today call Richards 'Hick', the nickname 'Dick' has stuck around, and of course has come to mean many other things as well. Its persistence as associated with Richard is probably in part because around the 16th century Dick started to be synonymous with 'man', 'lad', or 'fellow', sort of a general name for any 'Tom, Dick, or Francis" (which by the way appears in Shakespeare's Henry IV, written in the late 16th century, with Dick at this point firmly established as an "every man" name). It may well be that this association with 'man' is in turn how 'dick' eventually came to mean 'penis'.

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Old 09-21-2012, 03:37 PM   #8
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lol, if you have a common asian last name and your first name is richard, you'd label all your sh1t "dick lee's"
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:28 PM   #9
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lol Dick Sackler.. I never understood why Dick is short for Richard either. I have a customer named Richard Horny and he likes to be called Dick!
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I have a much funnier story regarding this particular name, but it's personal so only people I know or meet in person get to hear it. Sorry.
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had a guy at work who insisted on being called Dick...
he was a co- supervisor.

he was kinda hard on his employees at first...
but then it was found that he was just a big softy.

one time I loaned him some money for lunch... and he stiffed me.

never forget the time he yelled at the production manager, I give 'em this much... he had balls!

we worked at night time... and he was getting older so, sometimes he had to take pills to stay up...


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I have a much funnier story regarding this particular name, but it's personal so only people I know or meet in person get to hear it. Sorry.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #13
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richard ~> dick
william ~> bill

never really understood this myself
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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I once worked on a deal where the attorney on the other side had the last name of "Merkin". Every time he was being abusive, I would just think to myself "ha, well at least I'm not a merkin!" and laugh.

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My father law goes by Dick..

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How old is this guy?

For those above a certain age, dick was never really used as a reference to a penis. So, to them, it's no different then any other normal nickname. I had a boss who insisted on being called Dick. Again, he was older. Dad or grandpa age to most people on this board.
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How old is this guy?

For those above a certain age, dick was never really used as a reference to a penis. So, to them, it's no different then any other normal nickname. I had a boss who insisted on being called Dick. Again, he was older. Dad or grandpa age to most people on this board.
It's not that we're referring the name Dick to a penis, although Dick Sackler in combination is kind of funny. We just don't understand why Dick is short for Richard. Rich makes sense but Dick doesn't sound similar.
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It's not that we're referring the name Dick to a penis, although Dick Sackler in combination is kind of funny. We just don't understand why Dick is short for Richard. Rich makes sense but Dick doesn't sound similar.
Yeah, why it's Dick and not Rich is weird. Kinda like how another poster mentioned William and Bill.

And yeah, there are some weird combinations out there. Still, I'm not sure that's where OP was exactly going with this. It sounds like he's accepted that Dick is short for Richard, but why someone would willingly go along with being called Dick.
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richard ~> dick
william ~> bill

never really understood this myself
Also

Robert > Bob
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My gym teacher in High School was named Andy Dick, so on my schedule it came up as A. Dick. And his wife's name was Anita, my english teacher. Anita Dick

Edit or was it Tara.... hmmm its been a while
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