Date: Sun, 1 Sep 1996 13:57:57 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: kimmelwick
I have just finished a degree in German, and I am fairly certain that it
is not German, although it could very well be a German dialect-word. I
speak High German, but I cannot understand Bayuvarisch or Alemanisch,
etc. to but a minor extent. Regional foods are often named with dialect.
i got a private msg from joseph salmons saying that "wecken" is a
southern german/austrian word for longish rolls and kuemmel is
caraway. this caused me to remember that (a) it is also
(perhaps "properly") spelt "-weck" (but in my family, at least,
pronounced [wIk]), and (b) there are 2 varieties: the carawayful
ones and the carawayless ones (the latter are the ones i like, so i
blocked the existence of the other--both have the crushed salt).
however, i've never seen one that's oblong--they're always round in
nevertheless, this sounds like a pretty likely etymology. could also
be that the far western new york existence of them is linked to a
pennsylvania german influence? i don't know. anyone from
pennsylvania "dutch" country know of them?