The obscure word of the week is fartlek

This week’s obscure English word is fartlek. Well, when I say English I mean Swedish. It’s another word that English has abducted from another language – and relatively recently.

What does it mean? To me it sounds a bit like a Dalek that’s just scoffed a large bowl of boiled cabbage and onion soup. Actually the literal translation is ‘speed play’, and it refers to a form of exercise in which a runner varies their speed.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

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