The practice of shortening "Richard" to "Dick" is pretty much restricted to older dudes. I don't really know why this is. It's not like the pejorative "Dick" is a new creation in the world of slang. In fact, I think it was first invented by one of the earliest kings of England who, during one of the Crusades (I don't feel like looking up which exact one) was incensed when Muslims called him "The Lionhearted Dick."
And, even though he was played by Warren Beatty, there's just no getting around the fact that his name was Dick Tracy. Hmm, come to think of it, didn't Warren Beatty also play a hairdresser? But, then again, he bagged Madonna. Who herself bumped uglies with Dennis Rodman. Who wore a wedding dress. God, I'm so confused.
Well, as they say at a Village People concert, back to Dick.
Anyway, younger guys, rather than being compared to man's true best friend, prefer to be called "Rick," "Ricky,""Richie," or just plain old "Rich." This is especially true if their last name is "Johnson." Frankly, if my last name was "Johnson" and my parents christened me "Richard," there isn't a rest home too hideous for me to dump them in.
While hunting, shot his friend.
Who probably thought he was named correctly.
Tried to pass himself off as English in Mary Poppins, which also starred Julie Andrews (who is English).
Likewise, tried the same in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which also starred Benny Hill (who is also English). Story was written by Ian Fleming (who is, you guessed it, English).
A "Two-Fer," his last name can also be used to describe Ellen Degeneres' car.
Tried to be another Johnny Carson. Hell, he couldn't even be another Merv Griffin.
Didja see the poor guy last New Years Eve?
I'll give him a pass.
As bad as being called "Dick Johnson."
Still, no way am I calling this guy a dick.
He could hurt me.
Really? Why, oh why did his parents call him that?
What's next? Penis Platoon? Air Force Phallus?
Co-starred with uber-hot (hey, in the 60s!) Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched. Then, he left the show (Al's Historical Note: he was replaced by another guy named Dick. Strange, but true.)
Even though his name is actually "Richard," was called Tricky Dick.
What, the thing could do magic?
Plus, his middle name is the same as Bart Simpson's best friend.
May as well be called Dick. I mean, c'mon...
But, I'm sure his dad is proud.
One of the younger guys who doesn't go by the name Dick. I find this strange, because after all, you are what you eat.
I'm sorry. That was sophomoric and mean.
At least he didn't play a hairdresser.