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 Dick = Richard.Dickey or Dicky. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dickens.
 
(See BOZ.)   1
   Dickens is a perverted oath corrupted from “Nick.” Mrs. Page says—   2
        “I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.”—Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, iii. 2.
   The three poets who express a conflagration are “Dickens! How-itt, Burns!”   3
 


 Dick = Richard.Dickey or Dicky. 

 
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