Pumpernickel (1766)

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Thu May 2 23:52:24 UTC 2002

>On Thu, 2 May 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
>> spread through the town, either as a satire on the local bakers or via false
>> modestry used as advertising by the bakers.  It is much more likely that the
>> term would have spread in this manner.
Is  pumpernickel  notably productive of flatulence?  Could the farting
perhaps refer to the outgassing of the dough, which, being of rather low
gluten content (compared to all wheat, for instance) and relatively
elastic, is less able to contain the gases produced by fermentation?  Maybe
this was the bakers' own nick(!)name for it.
A. Murie

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