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(Today I Found Out)   Q: How does someone get 'Dick' from 'Richard'? A: You ask him nicely. Seriously, here comes the science   (todayifoundout.com) divider line 20
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2012-12-04 01:20:46 PM
5 votes:
I get tired of all of the Dick/Richard jokes. It's so childish.
2012-12-04 01:38:44 PM
2 votes:

HairBolus: Sybarite: I've always found the origins of diminutive names interesting. I remember reading that a few of the odd ones in English come from the fact that the indigenous population in Britain had trouble pronouncing the hard "r" sound in a lot of the names that Normans brought with them. That's how we get Dolly from Dorothy, Maggie from Margaret, Babs from Barbara, etc.

Umm many childhood "nicknames" come from childish pronunciation - either a young child or its siblings messed up on the official pronunciation because it as too hard. Also in a society where many children are named for their parents or grandparents there wind up being a confusing amount of people with the same name - this giving a motive for preserving childhood nicknames.


Good justification, Pisspants.
2012-12-04 01:25:18 PM
2 votes:

eltejon: I resemble this, and my last name is the same as a cable company. So awesome... Born with my own porn name.


Your name is Dick Comcast?

//They are pretty much dicks

///Actually, I'm guessing Richard Warner. What do I win?
2012-12-04 01:13:10 PM
2 votes:
bulk.destructoid.com

"Why do you keep calling me Dick?"

"Sorry, Mr. Burton..."
2012-12-04 01:06:58 PM
2 votes:
But where the hell do you get "Peggy" from "Margaret"??? Explain that one, Mr. Science.
2012-12-04 10:32:57 AM
2 votes:
i.imgur.com
2012-12-04 10:39:54 PM
1 votes:
An anonymous poem:

In search from A to Z they passed,
And "Marguerita" chose at last;
But thought it sound far more sweet
To call the baby "Marguerite."
When grandma saw the little pet,
She called her "darling Margaret."
Next uncle Jack and cousin Aggie
Sent cup and spoon to "little Maggie."
And grandpapa the right must beg
To call the lassie "bonnie Meg."
From "Marguerita" down to "Meg,"
And now she's simply "little Peg."

- Eirene Varley, Austin, Texas
2012-12-04 04:15:08 PM
1 votes:
Big Dick Smoker - RIP

Richard J. Smoker

Richard J. Smoker, age 70, of Plover, died at home November 29, 2012 while under the care of his family and Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Dick was born April 13, 1942 to the late William & Blanche (McKnight) Smoker in Joliet, IL. He grew up there and attended the local schools.


Link
2012-12-04 02:23:44 PM
1 votes:
Q: how do u get dick from rick?
A: let me get an expert on that

cdn.celebritycarsblog.com
2012-12-04 02:06:12 PM
1 votes:
here comes the dick
2012-12-04 01:54:39 PM
1 votes:
Best line from Henry VI part 3 (prequel to Richard III):

And thou misshapen Dick

/not everybody has a favorite line from Henry VI part 3
2012-12-04 01:37:51 PM
1 votes:

12349876: Dick Qwest


That was the hentai version of ElfQuest, right?
2012-12-04 01:27:30 PM
1 votes:

show me: eltejon: I resemble this, and my last name is the same as a cable company. So awesome... Born with my own porn name.

Your name is Dick Comcast?

//They are pretty much dicks

///Actually, I'm guessing Richard Warner. What do I win?


Dick Cox
2012-12-04 01:21:10 PM
1 votes:

eltejon: I resemble this, and my last name is the same as a cable company. So awesome... Born with my own porn name.


Time Warner is much of a porn name. Just sayin'....
2012-12-04 01:15:39 PM
1 votes:

Grapple: But where the hell do you get "Peggy" from "Margaret"??? Explain that one, Mr. Science.


Pick13: How do you get Bill from William?


So neither of you read the article?
2012-12-04 01:09:21 PM
1 votes:
Bonus fact:
Dick also once popularly meant an assertion, announcement, or declaration, such as "I do dick Mr. Beauregard... you are my hero!" Similarly, someone's 'dying dick' meant something completely different in the Middle Ages as it would now, namely their 'dying declaration'.

Ummm, yea right. Good luck trying to squeeze that one into a conversation. 

/Is dying dick like whiskey dick?
2012-12-04 01:07:32 PM
1 votes:

Sybarite: I've always found the origins of diminutive names interesting. I remember reading that a few of the odd ones in English come from the fact that the indigenous population in Britain had trouble pronouncing the hard "r" sound in a lot of the names that Normans brought with them. That's how we get Dolly from Dorothy, Maggie from Margaret, Babs from Barbara, etc.


But how did we get Peg from Margaret?
2012-12-04 01:03:17 PM
1 votes:
So, in short, Dick = hard ruler.

/TMYK
2012-12-04 12:57:46 PM
1 votes:
Curt is short for Curtis



/ponderous man, truly ponderous
2012-12-04 11:06:48 AM
1 votes:
I am gonna name my first son Dickhard

/Or Aethelwulf for the lulz
 
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