Podcast Recommendation 9 – Why Is Pumpernickel Bread Named for a Farting Devil?

Pumpernickel rye bread.Today’s podcast recommendation from the LINGUA FRANCA Sprachschule blog looks at something that is a staple (Grundnahrungsmittel) in many German and American homes – pumpernickel. The name sounds rather German-ish, but what does it really mean? And where does it come from? The story touches on everything from Napoleon to a farting devil.

In this episode of the Lexicon Valley podcast – „A show about the mysteries of English“ – host Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the surprisingly entertaining etymology and history of the word pumpernickel with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. iTunes