Turns out, People Have a LOT of Different Names for the End Pieces of Bread Loaves

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Depending on where you live, you might have a different word for common things than others. In Wisconsin, drinking fountains are called bubblers. In the Midwest, a soda is called “pop.” In New England, sprinkles go by “jimmies.” And my grandma calls her couch a “Davenport.”

While many of these fun language variations are regional, there are also some names for common, everyday items that are created within individual households. For instance, when I was growing up, the TV remote was called “the poker.” Similarly, my husband and I started referring to tiny Tupperware containers as “goobles” years ago and for whatever reason, the name has stuck.

Apparently, there’s also some variation on what people call the end slices of a loaf of bread. You know the ones. They’re the pieces most people leave for last.

But I had no idea just how much variation there was until I came across this Twitter thread.

Today, we’re covering a lot of people’s very favorite thing.

Including Oprah. Yep! We’re talkin’ about bread.

I don’t need to tell you how good bread is.

Do you want a sandwich? Get the bread out. Do you want toast? Bread is the solution. A little snack between meals? Bread’s the ticket.

But what do you call the pieces found on the ends of the loaf of bread?

Apparently, there are a lot of different names for these things. I had no idea!

Check out this list for starters:

English actor, Stephen Mangan, started things off by listing the different names he’d come across for the end pieces, including “knobby,” “noggin,” and “tush.”

OK, what?!

Personally, I’m with Mr. Mangan. Those pieces have always been “the heels” to me. But “norbert?” That’s wild.

But, the discussion didn’t end with one tweet.

That’s right! Almost as soon as Mangan’s tweet went up, people began replying with even more names for the heels of a loaf of bread (or whatever you call them).

This person calls them the “outsiders.”

I mean, it’s not wrong, but it seems a little mean, doesn’t it? No one wants to be an outsider.

This one is probably the worst:

Loafscabs. Wow.

Excuse me while I gag over here.

I have to assume comedy writer Simon Blackwell was joking with this answer. (I mean, I have to assume that. For my own sake.)

There’s also “Charlie.”

This one is kind of in the same vein as “norbert.” I’m guessing the child named Charlie may not be super fond of this particular one.

How about “topper?”

Now, this one is interesting. At first glance, you might think it makes perfect sense.

But Stelio here has a good point!

You can’t very well call a slice of bread a “bottomer.” Right? You cannot call it that.

Joshua was thrilled to come across this corner of the Internet.

I’m so curious about how his family went through life without having a name for the heels, though! Did they immediately throw those pieces away so they never had to refer to them by name?

Ah, good. Looks like he settled on one.

“Bread butt.” I like it.

Although “booty bread” also has a pretty good ring to it.

I love the alliteration there. Still, it’s not exactly a name you can use in front of your grandparents, you know?

Well, this person is halfway correct.

How can rounds be square?! That’s nuts. (Just kidding. I don’t care what you call your bread– live your life!)

Some call it “the crust.”

Which, in my opinion, doesn’t make sense. Every piece has crust on it! Those pieces certainly have more crust, but they’re not 100 percent crust!

Someone also threw baguettes into the mix.

I don’t care how much sense this makes. I don’t think I can ever bring myself to call a part of a baguette the “elbow.”

Although, I would consider this pun:

Baguelbow! OK, now I’m good with this one.

This person takes issue with the term “heel.”

And, if I’m being honest, I guess that “heel” is a weird term now that I think about it. The bread is not a foot, after all.

We can all agree on this, though:

It’s bad bread. There’s way too much crust.

And apparently, this is a thing:

I’ve never heard this! Have you? Are there other things the heels/norberts of bread are known for causing?

This name is lovely:

If they were called pillows in English, I might actually seek these pieces out instead of leaving them for last.

This person has the right idea.

As far as I’m concerned, the only purpose of the heels is to be used as a freshness seal and keep the good bread soft.

Or you could feed it to ducks.

Although, I’m sure they’d probably enjoy actual duck food more than stale crusty bread. I know I would if I were a duck.

Duck bread!

This one is my new favorite. And it makes way more sense than “heel.” I think I’m switching to duck bread from now on.

Have you ever heard “gable end?”

This person is clearly a member of the royal family. There’s no other explanation for why they’d be quite this fancy.

This person also has the right idea.

Here’s a parenting life hack: Put the sandwich stuff (peanut butter, jelly, etc.) on the crust side of the end pieces, and put the sandwich together “inside-out.” Your kids might never catch on.

Bread corner.

Sure. I mean, I’d say they are the two pieces with the fewest corners, but I guess you can call anything any name.

But this where I draw the line.

We cannot start debating about cheese now. What do you call the end bread pieces? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to share this fun thread with someone, too!