See also: SPECT
- (colloquial) expect
1873, Helen Hunt Jackson, Saxe Holm's Stories:
- Looks like rain, Elder; I 'spect she'll have to go over with me arter all," said George Thayer, the handsomest, best-natured stage-driver in the whole State of New Hampshire.
1922, Various, O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921:
- We didn' 'spect Marse Wes to bring home a wife whenas he lef', but that ain' no sign that it ain' a mighty fine thing."
1871, Sophie May, Dotty Dimple's Flyaway:
- "I's growing so big now, mamma," said she, coaxingly, "don't you spect I must have some tea?"
2002 September 6, Richard Meltzer, “Autumn Rhythm”, in Chicago Reader:
- With global warming, you may need sweat towels more than you currently 'spect.