Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bespectacled

Have you noticed that nobody ever uses the word bespectacled any more? I suppose they think it has negative connotations.

I think it is a shame.

Surely it is easier to say bespectacled than wearing glasses?

Too many decent English words are being lost.

13 comments:

Rose~ said...

I totally agree! I like to use the word "bespectacled."

I am glad to see you around, brother!

Celestial Fundie said...

Yes, its a good word.

Missy said...

I think it would be lovely to be referred to as "bespectacled."

Celestial Fundie said...

Do you wear spectacles? What do you like about the word?

Colin Maxwell said...

Matthew,

I read recently that there is more Shakespearean English spoken in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh in Northern Ireland than there is in Stratford on Avon where he wrote it all. I was up there during the week (where we hope to be living soon) and one of the workmen talked about something being "fornent" the wall.

I love those old English words as well. Then again ... I have a love affair wi' words.

Regards,

Missy said...

Yes, Matthew, I do. Wearing them is considered old-fashioned as many I know have either had corrective surgery or wear contacts. So the term is suited to my choice. And it's a fun word to say, reminding me of playing staccato jazz riffs on the clarinet.

Celestial Fundie said...

You are a literary fellow, Colin.

Celestial Fundie said...

Missy, lots of people still wear spectacles.

I suspect that in most peoples' minds, the word that follows 'bespectacled' is 'librarian.'

Missy said...

Yes, many do, but in my circle of friends it has become rare. My dream is to be a librarian, so that may be the true reason I like the word.

Celestial Fundie said...

Are you going to do the training to become a librarian?

Missy said...

I'd love to return to studies in Info Sciences, but I've had a cognitive disorder plaguing me for several years. I am hopeful that I can continue soon, though.

Solameanie said...

I use the word from time to time. I also occasionally call someone a "jackanapes." But I am an Anglophile of Welsh extraction, so maybe that explains it.

Celestial Fundie said...

I would not use the word jackanapes. That would be a bit too faux shakespearian.