Bagels appeared at our staff breakfast this morning and someone asked, “What is pumpernickel?” So I looked it up on (not so) trusty Wikipedia. It’s basically a very slowly cooked rye bread originally from Germany.
Pumpernickel on Wikipedia
What really caught my attention though is the etymology of the word:
“The Philologist Johann Christoph Adelung states about the Germanic origin of the word, in the vernacular, Pumpen was a New High German synonym for being flatulent, a word similar in meaning to the English “fart”, and “Nickel” was a form of the name Nicholas, an appellation commonly associated with a goblin or devil (e.g., “Old Nick”, a familiar name for Satan). Hence, pumpernickel is described as the “devil’s fart”…”