News: So THAT’S what you call it – hundreds have their say on what you call this piece of bread

News: So THAT’S what you call it – hundreds have their say on what you call this piece of bread

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

It’s the argument that divides opinion across the nation (sort of), but what does the county of Lincolnshire name the image above?

Lincolnshire Live posted the question on our Facebook page last night and hundreds of members of the public got in touch with their opinions.

Chip butty and chip cob were by far the two most popular answers on our Facebook post (although there was a clear winner – see below) – but there was a lot of disagreement, and a lot of other names were thrown out there as well.

Teacake and barm cake were two others that got name-checked, while roll, batch, breadcake, bap, cake, muffin and even just bread all got votes.

One thing is for sure, though – everyone who voted thought they were right, and many mocked others for their answers! Indeed, some even suggested people should leave the county if they don’t use the ‘right’ word for it.

Which seems harsh to us.

This is the breakdown of how people voted:

– butty, 147 votes

– cob, 96 votes

– roll, 66 votes

– bun, 55 votes

– bap, 49 votes

– breadcake (or teacake), 42 votes

– barm, 28 votes

– batch, 10 votes

– muffin, 5 votes

– bread, 2 votes

Names for bread rolls based on regions in the UK.
Names for bread rolls based on regions in the UK.
(Image: Lincolnshire Live)

A map of the UK highlighting bread roll names (yes, there really is such a thing) shows that teacake and cob are the most popular in Lincolnshire.

According to YouGov research from 2018, bread roll or roll is the term used by 52 per cent of people in England.

Bun got 10 per cent of the vote.

 

Cob is most commonly used by 8 per cent of people, most of them in the Midlands.

Barm cake – often used in the Manchester area – is used by six per cent of people, as is bap.

Muffin, tea cake, batch, scuffler, and bread cake are other terms use in parts of the nation.

According to Wikipedia, the word cob could have originated as a variant of cop, meaning head.

Cob could also have come from the English word cot for cottage, the Welsh cob for top or tuft or the German Kuebel, a large container.

The word cob was also mentioned in clergyman Mackenzie Edward Charles Walcott’s book, Traditions and Customs of Cathedrals, published in 1877.

 

It read: “The cob was a cracknel or simnel made of fine flour.”

What do you call it? Vote below in our poll.

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What would you call the bread in the image above?










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