by Mignon Fogarty
This was an especially fun tip to write; it was specially designed for your enjoyment.
Does that help you see the difference between "especially" and "specially"?
"Especially" usually means "particularly," whereas "specially" usually means "in a special or careful manner" or "specifically." Here are some examples:
This market is especially tough on retirees.
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, was Squiggly's weakness.
Aardvark delivered the specially minted commemorative coins.
The cake had been specially prepared for the occasion.
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