Word of the Day – Gossamer

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Gossamer (noun)

goss-u-mah

A fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn. Or, a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.

apparently from goose + summer, perhaps from the time of year around St Martin’s summer, i.e. early November, when geese were eaten

Example sentences

“Flying on gossamer wings”

“I found myself caught up, gossamer wrapped around my clothes.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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