Where does the word “dickhead” come from?
Richard “Dick” Head (1797-1824) was a congenital idiot who was born and raised in the picturesque Wirral village of Heswall. Blessed lightly with common sense he was often to be found holding lengthy conversations with local cows about the important and not so important topics of late Georgian society.
For cows Richard had thought had been particularly kind or had just provided him with an excellent conversational nugget he would present them with a gratuity of some sort – perhaps a fine porcelain teapot or a couple of bags of curly kale.
On many an occasion the residents of Heswall could be cheerfully heard to exclaim:
“Look at that Dick Head always cow-tipping!”
Richard died at the tender age of 27, crushed by a 4 ton Aberdeen Angus bull.