1. The words especially and specially have just a hair's breadth of difference betweenthem. Both can be used to mean "particularly." Especially tends to be more formal, while specially tends to be more informal: ... But our words have finer points to them that are worthy of being understood.

    The words especially and specially have just a hair’s breadth of difference betweenthem. Both can be used to mean “particularly.” Especially tends to be more formal, while specially tends to be more informal: … But our words have finer points to them that are worthy of being understood.

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