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The derivation of this term, meaning 'the aristocracy', comes from the tradition of baking bread in large communal ovens. Poorer people bought cheaper bread, baked in the lower areas of the oven - these were often charred with coals; the richer customers would buy bread baked at the top - literally the upper crust.
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