As I said to an online Scrabble opponent who accused me of cheating:

Your limited vocabulary has no effect on the words I can play.

In that instance, the word I played was nothing obscure (and gossamer surely is not obscure!) and happened to be something that had frequently appeared in recent news reports. I found it telling that my foe thought it unusual as that indicated not only a limited exposure to literature but also a sad disinterest in current events!

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