Somebody’s got to ask, and nobody has, so here goes:
What about the etymology of Dick Trickle, famous racecar driver? Has anyone examined the psyche of a man named Richard Trickle who says to himself, “Rather than Richard, or Rich, or Rick, or Richie, or Rickie, or Napoleon Boneaparte, I think I would like to be called Dick. Dick Trickle. Yep - that’s me to a T.”
Or was he actually given the name Dick, rather than Richard, in which case the question is transferred to his parents.
More likely, once the first kid taunted him, people thought it was even funnier when he tried any other name; His Dick was stuck, so to speak. So he gave up. And right now he’s reading this and plotting revenge. “I can buy all of you Straight Dope bastards and feed you to my ravenous pit crew, over whom I enjoy the absolute authority due me as their God.”
Probably, but let’s look at this. The key issue is the Rick – Dick transition. The real question is, was this done because of the penile implications of Dick, or did that come (he he) later?
Hmm. This tricky Dickie is a bit of a sticky wicky.