People Are Just Now Learning What The End Of Bread Is Called

People are only just learning what the end of bread is called.
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People are only just learning what the end of bread is called.

Bread is a staple food found in various cultures worldwide, dating back thousands of years.

The process of making bread typically involves combining flour, water, yeast, and salt, followed by kneading, fermentation, and baking.

Nowadays, a loaf commonly comes pre-sliced – but what are the two slices at either end actually called?

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The online world has recently found itself embroiled in a heated debate over the proper name for the end slice of a loaf of bread.

Surprisingly, amidst the myriad of suggestions, the term ‘foreloaf’ has emerged as a contender for the title.

Frankly, social media users have been unable to agree on what to call them.

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Among the many proposed names is the classic ‘crust’, the somewhat peculiar ‘heel’, the comical ‘butt’ and even the endearing moniker ‘Steve’.

The discussion gained momentum when the Twitter account No Context Brits shared a picture of a sliced loaf of bread, accompanied by an arrow pointing towards the end piece, accompanied by the question: “What do you call this?”

This simple query ignited a flurry of responses as users eagerly expressed their opinions.

While some argued that the term ‘crust’ is the most appropriate, others have insisted that it’s an inadequate description since every slice possesses a crust.

Instead, they favoured alternatives such as ‘heel’, emphasising that the end slices are distinct due to their fully crust-covered surface.

Some participants have confessed that they simply referred to it as ‘the bit at the end’ or ‘end bit’, viewing it as a makeshift lid that preserves the freshness of the remaining bread.

In a surprising twist, certain individuals even assigned human names to the end slices, humorously referring to them as ‘Callum’ and ‘Steve’.

Evidently, the name for this particular part of a bread loaf appears to be influenced by regional variations and personal preferences, as well as whether one considers it the ‘best part’ or simply tosses it aside as ‘rubbish’ or ‘bird food’.

Ultimately, language is a dynamic entity, and the names of things evolve over time.

It is worth noting that different regions and cultures have their own unique terms for the end slice.

For instance, in the US, it is commonly referred to as the ‘heel’, a phrase that has not yet gained popularity across the Atlantic in the UK.

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Other countries, such as Finland and Denmark, have adopted more practical names like the ‘stock piece’ and ‘end washers’.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, it is humorously referred to as ‘Kontje’, which translates to ‘little butt’.

In the end, the proper name for the end slice of bread remains a matter of personal preference and regional custom.

Language is a fascinating aspect of human culture, and the diversity of names for this seemingly insignificant slice only serves to highlight the richness of our linguistic tapestry.

So, whether you refer to it as the ‘foreloaf’, ‘crust’, ‘heel’, or something entirely unique, remember that language is ever-evolving, and the bread-end shall forever remain a subject of playful debate.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.