Sliver or splinter

What’s the difference between a sliver and a splinter? I don’t know. Maybe one is under the skin, or perhaps one is bigger than the other.

“Ouch, I got a splinter.”
“That’s no splinter, that’s a sliver.”

Sliver sounds smaller than splinter.

Ted Williams was the Spendid Splinter. That’s not a bad nickname. Heck of a lot better than the Splendid Sliver which makes no sense. Not that Splendid Splinter makes sense. I guess it was something to do with being skinny and a good (splendid) hitter.

Anyway, I am curious what the difference is. I looked them up in the dictionary and found no difference so perhaps there isn’t any.

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