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Mar 26, 2009
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Zwiebacks
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zwieback

PRONUNCIATION:
(ZWY-bak, ZWEE-, SWY- SWEE-)

MEANING:
noun: A crispy, sweetened bread made by slicing a loaf and baking it a second time. Also known as a rusk.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Zwieback (twice baked), from zwie (twice), a variant of zwei + backen (to bake). The word biscuit has a similar origin. It was twice-baked (or used to be), from Latin bis (twice) + coquere (to cook). The name of the color bisque owes its origin to a biscuit.

USAGE:
"Hilda Schmidt said she did all the family baking, making a variety of tasty treats, including white French bread, wheat bread, zwieback, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, coffee cakes, other cakes, and hamburger buns."
Wendy Nugent; Newton Woman Saves Baking Labels For 40 Years; Associated Press; Feb 21, 2008.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. I hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult. -Charles Buxton, brewer, philanthropist, writer and politician (1823-1871)

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