One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pair of spectacles.
- ‘A slip of a girl in studious tortoiseshell specs, she doesn't strike one as an obvious sadist.’
- ‘As if reading her mind, the young woman opened an eye and peered over her sky-colored specs.’
- ‘He gestures with his thumb towards the biker with the specs.’
- ‘Put on a pair of specs that put everything out of focus.’
- ‘The room was almost completely dark, and the criminal hadn't worn his infrared specs.’
- ‘I am using the specs but when I close the left eye, I still cannot see clearly with the right.’
- ‘You have now turned 40, and even reading this article will probably require that you wear your specs.’
- ‘The specs gave her that cool, sophisticated look many girls strive for.’
- ‘And so the splenetic young rebel became a middle-aged man with studious specs and a shock of silver hair.’
- ‘Sick of being miserable, she signs up for computer courses downtown, loses the specs and gets a whole new wardrobe.’
- ‘It was difficult not to imagine that at any moment the famous grin, specs and laugh would emerge from a corner where he had been holding court.’
- ‘Perhaps it's better to leave the memories untouched, keep wearing the rose-tinted specs.’
- ‘So why don't you root out those unwanted specs and let some less fortunate benefit from them.’
- ‘Of course, many patients lost or broke their new specs, leaving them worse off than before.’
- ‘Well, Kim had a pair of very groovy blue specs on.’
- ‘If they stay with the specs they may not like them but they come to terms with this addition to the facial furniture.’
- ‘I've tried letting the mirror steam up, or leaving off my specs, to shave.’
- ‘He wears no shoes, has designer specs, and when he speaks it's a shock to hear the accent of the west coast of America.’
- ‘Then a tall middle-aged man with short blonde hair and ice blue eyes hidden behind a pair of specs came in.’
- ‘But since this event is the moon's doing, we are all going to have to stand outside with plastic specs on looking at it.’
Early 19th century: abbreviation of spectacles.
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