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One I never figured out at all was Peggy for Margaret, but that is a pretty uncommon usage these days.
 

ThaGrandCow

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Originally posted by: Kaputnik03
are u annoyed that ur name is richard and people call u dick(head)?
LOL! I'm usually above this kind of humor but for some reason this one hit me off guard and I'm LOL'in right now :D

You win the game good sir! :beer:
 

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Call it a stretch, but maybe they come from archaic pronounciations.

Like in old English the word "son" was pronounced "sawney" and spelled "sonne."

So maybe Richard was spelled "Dichard" back in the day and if you know your italian you know that "ch" is a hard "c" sound. Hence, "Dick."

Not too far a stretch, is it?
 

ThaGrandCow

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Originally posted by: DrPizza
And where'd the "h" go in Thomas when it gets shortened to Tom? Shouldn't it be Thom?
Um... in Thomas the 'h' is silent, pretty easy to see why they didn't put it in Tom.
 

ragazzo

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nicknames aren't always shortened versions of names. it could be from kids making fun of other kids too or because it's easier to say, for example, willy then it is to say william.



 

ragazzo

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Originally posted by: blazert40
William = Bill that makes no sense.
imagine 3 williams in a classroom. one of them looks like a billy goat. now imagine two of them looking like billy goats. one could be bill and the other one could be billy :D

 

GagHalfrunt

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Originally posted by: ITJunkie
Because King Richard the 1st was a dick ;)
Nah, Richard the Lion-heart was the best of the Richards. II and III were much bigger dicks. Hell, Richard II was murdered while in prison.
 

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