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Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty
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Oct 16, 11

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Read in October, 2011 — I own a copy

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ANOTHER wonderful and handy tip book! I run into these mistakes (and likely commit them myself sometimes) quite often. For some of us, seeing these types of mistake in print (whether on a blog, in a book, or in correspondence) makes our eyes glaze over and takes away from the story or the message that is being imparted.

Look at the example below and you'll see why this book belongs on your shelf!


Especially vs. Specially

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."

Samantha didn't believe in monogamy, especially when it came to real estate agents.

-Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw
in the TV show Sex and the City

Specially usually means "in a special or careful manner" or "specifically."

PETER GRIFFIN: Uh, excuse me, I'm Mel
Gibson, here for the key to my specially
reserved room.
GUY: You're Mel Gibson?
PETER GRIFFIN: Yes, I've put on a few
pounds for my next role. I play Peter
Griffin, a heroic warrior who defied the
English to free England from the English.
GUY: Holy mackerel! Let me show you to
your room, Mr. Gibson!

-Seth McFarlane voicing Peter Griffin
in the TV show Family Guy

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