Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Definition: (from dictionary.com)
1. a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye

"Pumpernickel bread sounds just about how it tastes: awkward."
"In German, the word pumpernickel relates back to the indigestible quality of the bread."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'dark rye bread,' 1756, pompernickel, from German (Westphalian dialect) Pumpernickel (1663), originally an abusive nickname for a stupid person, from pumpern 'to break wind' + Nickel 'goblin, lout, rascal,' from proper name Niklaus (see Nicholas). An earlier German name for it was krankbrot, literally 'sick-bread.'"

Awkwardness rating: 7

Pumpernickel bread looks deceivingly delicious. (germanfoodguide.com)

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