The history of Dick.

Google search: Why is Dick’s Sporting Goods named Dick’s?

Dick’s Sporting Goods was founded in 1948. The sporting goods store is named after its founder Richard “Dick” Stack.

Google search: Why is Richard named Dick?

In the 12th and 13th centuries everything was written by hand and Richard nicknames like Rich and Rick were common just to save time. Rhyming nicknames were also common and eventually Rick gave way to Dick. Dick, of course, is the only rhyming nickname that stuck over time.

Richard’s Sporting Goods would be a fine name for such an establishment in 2016. But no, we are left with the name that stood stiff as board through nine centuries. Dick.

Me: Ready, kids? Time to see Trolls! Buckle up!

Friend: Which movie theatre are we going to?

Me: Town Center.

Friend: Is that the same as Legends?

Me: No. Town Center is in Leawood. Let me think. Hm, there’s a Dick’s Sporting Goods next to it. And the outdoor mall across the parking lot.

Emma: Ohhh, I know which theatre you’re talking about. By Dick’s. Did you know if you take out the “s” in Dick’s, it’s a really bad word?

Kate: Mom, what’s a dick?

The car went silent. I stared at the red light.

Kate: Mom, what’s a dick?

Me: Ask your dad. He’ll be back tomorrow after he’s done hunting cock in western Kansas.

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