Here's a fierce little word to give us comfort in adversity.
There's a fair bit of anger built into the word, which is just as it should be because a spelk is a splinter of wood.
Ow! I've got a spelk!
It's mostly used in Scotland and Northern England, but I'm sure no one will mind the rest of us borrowing it.
Word To Use Today: spelk. This word comes from the Old English spelc, which was a surgical splint.
If you're an astronaut then spelk also means pieces of reinforced plastic fabric too short to be any use.