Heel or Boot (end slice of bread); NewspaperArchive not updating?

Barry Popik bapopik at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 23 06:08:49 UTC 2007

The last daily update was September 18th. Nothing for September 19,
20, 21, 22, 23. What's up at Newspaperarchive?
Also, I tried to sort chronologically, then noticed that that button
was missing. Every day a new adventure!
Does anyone (from Texas) have an opinion on "heel" or "boot" for the
end slice of a loaf of bread?
Glossary of Texan
boot: not the trunk of the car, you stupid Brit!  Here it means the
slice of bread at either end of a loaf.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
heel, n.1

8. The crust at the bottom (also, sometimes, the top) of a loaf; the
rind of a cheese. 1362 LANGL. P. Pl. A. VIII. 181, I nolde eue for i
pardoun one pye hele. 1611 COTGR., Esquignonner, to cut, or breake off
a lumpe, cantle, crustie heele, or peece from a loafe of bread. a1774
FERGUSSON Rising of Session vii, I wat weel They'll stoo the kebbuck
to the heel. 1814 SCOTT Wav. lxiv, The heel o' the white loaf that
came from the bailie's. 1849 DICKENS Dav. Copp. xi, The heel of a
Dutch cheese. 1879 G. F. JACKSON Shropsh. Word-bk., Heel, the top
crust of a loaf cut off, or the bottom crust remaining.
Newsgroups: alt.usage.english
From: rzed <rzan... at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 14:15:42 +0000
Local: Fri, Aug 17 2007 10:15 am
Subject: Re: Hold the cheese - Pondian?

Penz on which American dictionary you choose to quote.  The very
popular _Merriam-Webster's Collegiate 11th Edition_ has
Main Entry: 1 heel      [...]      3 : one of the crusty ends of a
loaf of bread And _Webster's New World College Dictionary_, which may
still be the dictionary of first choice for Associated Press, says
 heel      [...]      5. Anything suggesting the human heel in
location,      shape, or function, as the end of a loaf of bread [...]

> I do not agree that "heel" is *the* American standard usage,
> though. It takes a lot of crust to assert that it is.

Only a heel would have that much crust? In my earlier years I never
heard "heel" for the end of a loaf of bread.  It was always the crust.
 But since I got out into the wider American world, I've often heard
it called the heel.

I just asked my wife, who spent her childhood and teenhood in
Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee, what she calls the end slice of a
loaf of bread.  She said it's the heel.  I asked her if she ever heard
it called the crust.  She said no, the crust is the outer coating of
the whole loaf.
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From: nightm... at uir.zzn.com (NightMist)
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 13:46:49 GMT
Local: Thurs, Nov 11 2004 9:46 am
Subject: Re: OT - Nose or Heel?

On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 17:51:13 GMT, John
A.<no.j... at spammers.virginiaquilter.allowed.com> wrote:
>I don't know how this came to mind, but...
>What do you call the end slice of a loaf of bread? I've always called
>it the nose, and DW calls it the heel.

Genericly, the heel. Fresh out of the oven, mine. Off the frothy
plaster of paris from the store that passes for bread, crumb stock. My
gramma used to call it "the keeper", as in keeps the next slice in
from going dry.

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