Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday Word: Gossamer
gossamer |ˈgäsəmər|nouna fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, which is seen esp. in autumn.• used to refer to something very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate : in the light from the table lamp, his hair was blond gossamer.adjective [ attrib. ]made of or resembling gossamer : gossamer wings.DERIVATIVESgossamery adjectiveORIGIN Middle English : apparently from goose +summer, perhaps from the time of year around St. Martin's summer, i.e., early November, when geese were eaten (gossamer being common then).
Too bad you can't hardly use this word outside of poetry without sounding pretentious, because it's a glorious word full of whispers and ambiance. The fact that it's the combination of goose and summer only makes it more delectable.