Why is Hoppel Poppel Called Hoppel Poppel?
Christiane from Germany recently solved a riddle (maybe) that has baffled us for a while. The one other explanation we've gotten is that its name is more a nonsense word from a nursery rhyme. But Christiane writes:
In one of the articles in your last book you wanted to know where "Hoppel Poppel" comes from (a question which has probably been answered a hundred times meanwhile, but just in case it hasn't, here goes): Hoppel Poppel is a traditional German meal typically served in and around Berlin. As far as I've been able to find out, the name refers to the fact that in older times the meat part often consisted in anything that could be caught with a sling, i.e. rabbits. The German word for hopping is "hoppeln" and that seems to be the root of that particular expression.