MEANING: adjective: Superficially true, but actually wrong.

ETYMOLOGY: Originally, the word meant beautiful or pleasing to the sight. Over the centuries the meaning shifted to describe something that is deceptively appealing. The word is from Latin speciosus (fair, beautiful), from specere (to look). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe), which also gave us speculum, speciesism, soupcon, prospicient, perspicuous, omphaloskepsis, and conspectus. Earliest documented use: 1400.


SPECKOUS - teeny-weeny

SPECIOU - the dimensions of the Promissory Note

'SPICIOUS - worried that you have a 'terior motive