Make Your Editor Cry: Glasses (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry: Glasses (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
Use pair of glasses for the singular and pairs of glasses for the plural.

The definition of glasses: a device used to correct defects of vision or to protect the eyes that consists typically of a pair of glass or plastic lenses and the frame by which they are held in place

Glasses (meaning spectacles) is always a plural word. It has no specific plural form. We put the words pair of or pairs of in front of the word glasses to give it either its singular and plural form.

Examples:

One pair of glasses
Two pairs of glasses
Most of my childhood is a big blur, ‘cause I needed better glasses.
I look most like myself when I’m wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.

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