White bread: lame. Gluten allergies: lame (unless you’re Djokovic). Canned breadcrumbs: lame. There’s a lot of potential for lameness when it comes to bread (also awesome stuff), but there’s one crazy bread-related slashing tool that’s anything but.  

A lame (pronounced lahm) is a spatula-meets-machete baking tool responsible for the diagonal slash marks which allow baguettes to expand lengthwise as they bake. Sure you could do it with any old slicing implement, but would you rather carefully cut with a knife or slash it up with a lame?

Use today’s Word of the Day: What’s Behind That Subway Bread Smell?