Actor Stephen Mangan kick-starts debate over what to call the end of a bread loaf

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
People on Twitter are debating what the end of a loaf of bread is. [Photo: Getty]

Actor Stephen Mangan started a heated debate on Twitter over what to call the end slice of a loaf of bread.

Like it or loathe it, the harder piece at either end of a loaf helps to keep the inside of the bread softer and fresher. But, as Mangan’s tweet revealed, there is substantial disagreement in the UK over what to call it – and even Nigella Lawson got involved.

The British actor, most famous for his roles in ‘Green Wing’ and ‘Episodes’, listed the various names he had heard people call the slice – insisting that ‘heel’ is correct.

Some agreed with Mangan about calling this piece of bread ‘the heel’, while celebrity chef Nigella Lawson tweeted and called the end of a baguette the ‘elbow’.

Others insisted on calling it the ‘crust’, the same name used for the edges of a slice.

Some also shared the weird and wonderful terms their families had invented.

One person even admitted to a heated debates over the same subject which lead to a broken engagement.

Whatever you call it, bread is clearly the cause of much debate.

This time last year, Twitter debated how to slice a piece of toast – with people sharing their triangle vs rectangle preferences on the social media forum.

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