Spatterdask. A cloth covering for the ankle and leg, spreading out at the bottom over the shoe; also called spats and over gaiters. Spatterdashes are worn by men to prevent their light trousers from being soiled by the blackening on their shoes and sometimes they are affected for style. In England they are worn when the weather is wet and occasionally for the sake of warmth when men go upon long drives.

"Spick, span, new." A phrase first applied in England to cloth just taken off the spikes (hooks) and spannus (stretchers).