laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 29 19:50:58 UTC 2002
>The most recent edition of Kluge--Seebold's German etymological dictionary
>makes no mention of the "bon pour Nicole" etymology of Pumpernickel, only
>of flatulent Nicholas.
Could you give us the whole story on that one, Ben? The AHD4
etymology just features the farting goblin (< Nickel 'goblin', not <
Nicholas). Somehow the "bon pour Nicole" and "pain pour Nicole"
stories are just too etymythological (whatever their lineage) to be
true, so I take it SOMEone's farting (< Ger. pumpern) was involved,
although I'm still not sure how.
>On Sun, 28 Apr 2002, Baker, John wrote:
>> Barry is showing us some pretty impressive antedatings of
>>the old "bon pour Nicole" chestnut. Do any German language
>>reference works address the story? There must be somebody on this
>>list who reads German and has ready access to such scholarship.
>> John Baker
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