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I am bespectacled, wearing spectacles, wearing glasses Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:27:42 PM
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I am bespectacled.
I am wearing spectacles.
I am wearing glasses

Which is used by native speakers?

Thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 12:01:39 AM

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The only one of those you would hear is "I'm wearing glasses" and that it unusual.

"I'm wearing glasses" is saying what you are doing right now. Ten minutes ago (or an hour ago), I was not wearing glasses, and now I am.

The more common phrase would be "I wear glasses" - it is something you always do or sometimes do (a repeated or continual 'habit').


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palapaguy
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 12:20:26 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
The only one of those you would hear is "I'm wearing glasses" and that it unusual.


Yep. That's the winner.

Indeed, the other two would result in blank stares from many people.
Koh Elaine
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker and palapaguy.
Romany
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ps. Even if we weren't referring to the fact that we have some sort of visual problem and need to wear glasses habitually, if we wanted to voice the thought "I'm wearing my glasses." we'd say "I've got my glasses on." REMEMBER: not "I am". "I'm."
FounDit
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 10:21:44 AM

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Those words, "spectacles" and "bespectacled" aren't used much at all any longer. Most of us older folks probably are very aware of them, and sometimes use them in a joking way ("Let me put my specs/spectacles on").


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 2:38:31 PM

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Yes - 'specs' is a (maybe slightly dated now) slang word for 'spectacles' or 'glasses'. To me it makes me think of the old (early twentieth century) bawdy army song "The Quartermaster's Stores" which had a chorus:
"My eyes are dim
I cannot see.
I have not brought
my specs with me."


Sometimes, if a person does not wear glasses all the time, but needs them to see things close-by, one might say "reading-glasses" to be specific.

"Do you wear glasses?"
"Just reading-glasses."
or
"Only for reading."



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Parpar1836
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 6:37:54 PM
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"Bespectacled" turns up in mostly a literary context. It can have a slightly pejorative connotation, e.g., "The professor whom we thought would be a fiery-eyed, wild-haired demagogue was an ordinary-looking, bespectacled, balding chap in a nondescript jacket and tie."
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