Word of the Week: Pumpernickel

Pumpernickel is a noun and defined as a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour. The word pumpernickel is a Germanic word that can be broken down into words pumper+nickel. Pumper meaning “break wind” and nickel, a shortened name for Nicholas, meaning goblin or Old Nick/Satan; thus, pumpernickel can be translated as “farting devil.” This brown, delicious bread is known for being hard to digest and can cause stomach issues for some.

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“Pumpernickel” Merriam-Webster.com

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