Why Is Dick a nickname for Richard

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Aug 15 21:47:45 UTC 2009

At 8/15/2009 04:24 PM, ronbutters at AOL.COM wrote:
>I'd expect that the labialization yof the "R" of "Robert" would be
>related to the common r>w in child language acquisition, as well as
>the influence of the following "b"

So why do we see "Rob" or "Bob" as the shortenings, but not "Wob"?

Along these lines, my younger brother's early name for me was
(transcribing the oral) "Guhn-Gee" (hard G with schwa and soft G with long E).


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