Especially or Specially?

Posting a reply on my team's discussion on Ravelry (Go Team HO! - Hopelessly Overcommited, in case you were wondering), I found myself wondering something sooooo silly...

Is it Especially or Specially?

Mostly because the grammar checker that I have installed on Firefox didn't complain of any mistakes in my post... And I was pretty sure that in english it was Special... So, as usual I ran a Google search to clarify my doubt and well, apparently, there is special and especial in English...

Who would have thought so? (Obviously, people with better english than me...)

But their dual existence isn't what brought me to write this, is the fact that they actually have different meanings. I know that's what you would usually expect, but now that makes me realize how little I know... And even more, of how messed up my english is. Most of my english is practiced either here or with an adorable british guy that's patient enough to tell me that I have an awesome english, and there lies my problem.

The english tought in my country is americanized and most of what I read or hear comes from either american writers or american television. (By the way, I hate the fact that the United States is America, what about the rest of the continent? Are we what's been left out or something of that sort?)

Many a time I've found myself wondering "Is that how X is supposed to be written? " when I'm talking with the adorable guy...
Like when I'm talking about my jewelry and he'll say Jewellery (man, i remember feeling so dumb the first time he wrote it, because I thought I was wrong!).

I guess that I'll have to sit a few more years with a dictionary to finally get it... because honestly, I'm not exactly sure I see the point to have Specially and Especially...

Oh, by the way, I know you are wondering what's the difference between them...

"Especially or Specially?

This is a favorite question of grammar checkers. Most of the time there is little or no difference between the words especially and specially.

Special is a common adjective. Specially is its adverb form. Special means "particular, distinguished in a distinct way, or designed for a particular purpose." Specially means "particularly, in a disintguishing manner, or for a particular purpose."

Especial is an uncommon adjective. Especially, its adverb form, is much more common. Especial means "exceptional, noteworthy, or particular." Especially means "exceptionally, in a noteworthy manner, or particularly."

In the sense of "particular" or "particularly," the words mean pretty much the same thing. Often they can be used synonymously. However, if you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.

Example: This program has specially designed macros for word processors.
(A distinctive purpose)

Example: He did especially well in All-Star Game.
(A noteworthy performance)"

Taken from EnglishPlus

Finally out of school and Ravelympics...

Sorry for the lack of blogging... between the last few days of this term, and the Ravelympics I've been just a bit too busy...
School is finally over, but I have the enrolment for next term, exactly next week... and I'll be back to school in about three weeks... so there goes summer holiday... :-P

I'm guessing you are wondering what are the Ravelympics........ :-p
Well, this is easy to understand for knitters and crocheters... so if you are either one of those, and are in love with Ravelry, don't read this...

"Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration." From Wikipedia.
The place is just awesome, is like crafty facebook or some social networking thing... with lots of yarn, you can have pretty much anything that involves knitting, crocheting and yarn related things easily ordered which is always great... and it's like the pattern central of the web and other realms... and you can see what everyone else is doing and how... it's great to find the different interpretations from all the people that has tried it...

Now the Ravelympics are just amazing!
It's pretty much a spin on the Olympics or an excuse for Ravelers to knit together... We have teams and different events, pretty much like the Olympics... :D
I signed up with about 7 projects... but I'm stuck with the first one... I'm making my first pair of socks, but first I cast on too many stitches, then when I finally got to the third repeat I realized that something was wrong... I had an extra row, and I had to frog (undo) about 12 rows! And since I fixed this, I haven't knitted at all!
So, I'm terribly behind... And the Ravelympics end soon... well, the same day that the olympics do... and I have lots of things to do... most of them are tiny, but the socks are my main project and I'm soooo stuck...
Have a look,