Word origins, or why it’s pumpernickel

According to King Arthur Flour’s information web site,

Pumpernickel is an affectionate German name given in fun… to describe their [rye flour] effect on the digestive system. (“Pumpern” is the German word for “intestinal wind” and “nickel” is a word for demon or sprite.)

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