Lexicon Valley: The etymology and history of the word pumpernickel with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Why Is Pumpernickel Bread Named for a Farting Devil?

Why Is Pumpernickel Bread Named for a Farting Devil?

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April 6 2015 12:32 PM

Why Is Pumpernickel Bread Named for a Farting Devil?

Listen to Slate’s show about the flatulent history of a popular deli staple, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Pumpernickel rye bread.
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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word pumpernickel with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on pumpernickel, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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