Actor Stephen Mangan started a heated debate on Twitter over what to call the end slice of a loaf of bread.
Like it or loathe it, the harder piece at either end of a loaf helps to keep the inside of the bread softer and fresher. But, as Mangan’s tweet revealed, there is substantial disagreement in the UK over what to call it – and even Nigella Lawson got involved.
The British actor, most famous for his roles in ‘Green Wing’ and ‘Episodes’, listed the various names he had heard people call the slice – insisting that ‘heel’ is correct.
So the end slice of a loaf is (according to you weirdos) – the knobby, knobby end, knob end, nobbly, knobbler, norbert, doormat, topper, nut end, noggie, noggin, ender, crust, butt, outsider, tush, doorstep, bumper, healie, nub, bum, bum end, knocker [all wrong] or heel [correct]
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) December 11, 2018
Some agreed with Mangan about calling this piece of bread ‘the heel’, while celebrity chef Nigella Lawson tweeted and called the end of a baguette the ‘elbow’.
Yes, of course it’s the heel, any other name is a nonsense #heel
— Barbara Franzoni (@BarbaraFranzon1) December 12, 2018
I have always called it the heel too 😊
— Vince Gorman (@VinceGormanMuso) December 12, 2018
Nope he’s right… it’s called the heel
— Jiva Organic (@JivaOrganic) December 13, 2018
Elbow on a baguette
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 11, 2018
Others insisted on calling it the ‘crust’, the same name used for the edges of a slice.
Crust. It’s just a crust
— Lisa Ward (@LisaWardComms) December 12, 2018
ummm obviously its crust???? 100% no doubt
— J (@jordanapaige_) December 12, 2018
Some also shared the weird and wonderful terms their families had invented.
We have called it squirrel bread for years. No one in my family eats it and we throw it to the squirrels outside.
— Zucchini (@ZOOkiehne) December 12, 2018
It’s called the butt, that’s what my family has always called it and I’ve never heard it referred to as anything else
— Sarah Kendricks 🍌 (@_sarahhhh26) December 13, 2018
💀my family and I call it the booty bread and some of my friends call it the end pieces 😭🤣
— west indian princess (@mvmi_kii) December 13, 2018
Grandpa called it “whistle bread” growing up. Convincing us it would help us whistle. Got us to eat it, did not, in fact, help us whistle.
— Chai Tea Jai (@attaboyteej) December 13, 2018
Had an girlfriend of Irish descent who said her family called it the ‘scutza’ (my phonetic guess), which she claimed was an Italian word.
— ™ (@malieckal) December 13, 2018
My gran always called it the hoof…I am now told this is very wrong
— MumForce (@mum_force) December 12, 2018
One person even admitted to a heated debates over the same subject which lead to a broken engagement.
My mum was engaged to a man before she met my dad. They broke off their engagement due to a huge row over this. She says it’s doorstep. If it wasn’t for that fact, I wouldn’t exist.
— Magik (@claire_sen) December 12, 2018
Whatever you call it, bread is clearly the cause of much debate.
This time last year, Twitter debated how to slice a piece of toast – with people sharing their triangle vs rectangle preferences on the social media forum.
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