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How Dick Came to be Short for Richard

Have you ever wondered why we call someone Dick when their name is Richard? I thought I knew, but maybe there’s something weird going on in history that I should learn about. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out explains the reasoning. This contains language that might be NSFW.   

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What I thought I knew turned out to be exactly the reason people named Richard are called Dick. The next question is why are people who are not named Richard called Dick. But that probably varies on an individual basis. -Thanks, Daven!


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