May 14th, 2010

Clay Superman

Why we call William "Bill" ~ Robert "Bob" ~ and Richard "Dick" ~

In the middle ages something called rhyming slang
was popular. Many nicknames come from words that
rhyme with shortened forms of a person's name.

You shorten William to get Will, then choose a word to
rhyme with that, like Bill. Or Richard to Rick, which
rhymes with Dick. Or Robert to Rob, which rhymes
with Bob.

There were dozens back then.
Most have faded into history, but a few have survived.

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