Why Is Dick a Nickname for Richard? Glad You Asked
Like how has The View lasted so long, why do people voluntarily go to Cleveland Browns games and are there really no better choices to vote for president, this is a question that's plaguing mankind.
We're talking, of course, how exactly the name Dick came to be short for Richard. On the surface it doesn't make much sense. It's like calling a guy named Charles Ned. But there is a method to this madness.
And it's actually pretty simple. The quick version: a long time ago in a pre-keyboard world when everyone wrote by hand, it became easy to shorten names, turning Richard into Rich and Rick. Because people liked to rhyme, Dick evolved as another moniker.
Of course, somewhere along the way, Dick also grew a pair -- of other meanings, that is, so that it can be used to describe a certain part of the male anatomy, as well as a person who's a jerk. You know, like someone who has the audacity to charge more than face value for a ticket to a Cleveland Browns game.