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


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