Why Is Dick a nickname for Richard

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 14 13:08:47 UTC 2009

At 9:00 PM +0800 8/14/09, Russ McClay wrote:
>Hi Laurence --
>>  If this is a real question and you're seeking a real answer, as
>>  opposed to those below

Sorry; the question was sensible enough, as the subsequent discussion
indicates.  It was the proposed "answers" you posted that seemed


>Just to clarify: it's a real question. The issue of the name
>Dick came up in a discussion about Baba Ram Dass, Richard Alpert.
>He was always called Dick at Harvard. And as mentioned, my
>dad was too. (1950's).
>Incidentally, I've been on the list for nearly 10 years,
>I just don't post very often. =)
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