So I get asked a lot about my /nick, “Are you a robber then?”, “You’re not allowed porn in a nick!”. I find most of it pretty funny, to be honest, but of course, I keep forgetting that not everyone in the world knows England’s history so it’s understandable that some folks might think the nick has something to do with male genitalia. Dick Turpin was a Highwayman in the 1700’s sort of a modern-day mugger he would hold up travellers with the famous retort “Stand and Deliver” which basically means “Stand still and give me your money”.
Why do I have the nick dick_turpin? Simple really, I’m a Sales Manager I’ve been in sales for about 25 odd years now. About 20 years ago I did a deal that to be fair was a little bit on the pricey side, while on the phone to the customer running through the costings when I got to the final total the customer let out a wail of horror and responded “How much? Bloody hell, at least Dick Turpin wore a mask!” My colleges thought it was hysterical and promptly started calling me it.
Well, there you have it, folks, its nothing to do with the size of my appendage, nicking lead off the church roof or any of that stuff it’s simply a typically British sense of humour thing, a gentle insult as to what I do for a living.