Pumpernickel Meaning

Pumpernickel Meaning in German by Bearman CartoonsLesson time once again.  If you check out the listing for Pumpernickel in the dictionary the first definition is:

a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour

However when you look at the etymology of the word and it’s origins, it is actually based on two german words.  “Pumpern” means to break wind and “nickel” means goblin or devil.  So together they mean “Devil’s Fart.”  Think about that next time you buy a loaf.

If interested check out this Snopes article which discusses another widely accepted but not as accurate origin of the word involving Napolean and his horse.



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  1. Comedy Plus says:

    Well however it got its name I love pumpernickel. A. Lot. I’d eat it and not give it to my horse.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for the history lesson. 🙂

  2. jynksie says:

    Its actually made from pumpkins and nickels. Who’d want to eat bread made of red hot farts?!? [fzzzt]

  3. Binky says:

    I think I’ll stick with chocolate.

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  4. Sounds like a self fulfilling prophecy!

  5. frigginloon says:

    Well that would explain it then 🙂 Hmmm, that could become someone’s nickname 😉

  6. Tony McGurk says:

    Curious & curioser… I have never tried it & now I’m not sure I want to. So woul;d a devil fart burn like after eating the hottest available chilli?

  7. Tim Green says:

    That’s it…I’m switching to rye!

  8. David Hurley says:

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t eat pumpernickel!

  9. Cuz I'm Joe says:

    So when you pass gas after eating it, the proper response would be “The devil made me do it.”

  10. I wonder if there are any other fart breads? Maybe you can make a website for “fartbreads of the world”?

  11. R. C. Black says:

    Left my Rolling Stone review on G+ (rim shot) but just can’t get over how much your rendition of The Dark One cracks me up, Just so damned funny Bearman.
    Ah, a glass of Andro Vampire wine, a crust of bread and thou,,,, -insert Gothic version of campfire scene from Blazing Saddles-.
    Great work!

  12. lisleman says:

    The bread of life of smells good. The odor left by the devil is often described as sulfur smelling – not so good. Thanks for the word lesson.

  13. Nate Fakes says:

    Hmm…I need to stock up on that stuff. Sometimes it’s fun to clear a house.

  14. benzeknees says:

    Love this! I’ll never be able to eat pumpernickel again without thinking of this!

  15. Nef says:

    So, how do they do it? Bake them first and then spray, or saturate the dough before baking?

  16. Bill Murphy says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever eat that bread again. 😛

  17. G.B. Miller says:

    Yes!!! I will have some Devil’s Farts today!!! It’s my favorite bread!!!

    Father Nature’s Corner

  18. Mark Stokes says:

    Well, that explains why I never liked the stuff!

  19. I always knew there was something suspicious about a dark bread so delicious.

  20. Jason Salas says:

    I guess it’s not kosher then.

  21. Joseph says:

    I like when it’s warm, but not when it’s cold. Hmmm… Fresh farts only.

  22. Chris K says:

    Hmm I guess if you have to make a run to the bathroom after eating it we now know why. 🙂

  23. Dave says:

    I live in Germany and you taught me something I didn’t know. Next time I go to the bakery I’m going to order a Teufels Furz.

  24. Gruhn says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had pumpernickel. I guess I would know by the smell.

  25. Tyler says:

    That does sound quite appetizing! …Er… Wait.

  26. Andro says:

    Those kinds of farts need asbestos underwear but as they are banned in Europe
    and everywhere else around the globe there are a lot of stinky farts being produced 🙁

    I wonder if that’s where the term
    Dirt Devils originated from? 🙂 lol

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