Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Pumpernickel.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Brown George or rye-bread used by Westphalian peasants.   1
   His Transparency of Pumpernickel. So the Times satirised the minor German princes, “whose ninety men and ten drummers constituted their whole embattled host on the parade-ground before their palace; and whose revenue was supplied by a percentage on the tax levied on strangers at the Pumpernickel Kursaal.” (July 18, 1866.)   2
   Thackeray was author of the phrase.   3


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