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Q: history of the penis ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: history of the penis
Category: Relationships and Society > Relationships
Asked by: sketchytrucker-ga
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Posted: 31 Oct 2005 23:32 PST
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Question ID: 587408
When did people start referring to the penis as 'dick'?
Subject: Re: history of the penis
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 31 Oct 2005 23:50 PST
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Dear Sketchytrucker, 

Dick, as you probably know, is not only slang for "penis", but also a
nickname for "Richard", a common male name in English.

From 1553 onwards, we can see refereces to "dick" as a "fellow/lad".
It probably existed beforehand: " and so most of the slang senses are
probably very old, but naturally hard to find in the surviving
records. " (Online Etymology Dictionary, "dick",

The first evidence of "dick" as referring to a penis is from 1891, in
British army slang. (ibid).

See also: 
Cecil Adams, "What came first, Dick or "dick"?", The Straight Dope,
22-Aug-2002, <>

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