Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Especially Good Answers

One of my commenters once said that even though they used it, "especially" wasn't a word. Being naturally curious, I tried googling up an answer on that, because I thought that it was.

I found something that looked legit that said it was indeed a word. That did it for me, since that was what I wanted to hear.
Among the google results there was also one of those "Yahoo! Answers" pages where people post questions and other people post answers, often unsubstantiated and sometimes dead wrong. The asker gets to choose who gave the best answer.

Anyway, I thought this one was kind of priceless...

5 stars and a Thank You for somebody who answered "YES". Hey, I guess the asker got everything they needed.

6 Stars and a Heartfelt "You Rock" for reading. See you next time.

PS - FARATS entries have kind of stopped... I need a tree fix, man, bad. Can somebody hook me up?


Anonymous said...

but I especially love your blog!!

Steve A said...

I plan to look especially hard for colorful trees this weekend. They're getting close down here! This morning's low got down to 12C. My sleeveless jersey left me almost chilly until I warmed up.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected:

from :

"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)"
So, with that in mind... I think you're doing an especially good job with your blog.
Now Don't you just feel Special?
Bless your little heart.

Anonymous said...


I shoulda clicked on your link before copying and pasting!

I'll be especially carefuller next time I commentify.

RANTWICK said...

jtgyk - It was you, was it? I couldn't remember. Funny that we cited the same thing...

Anonymous said...

It is the bringer off all random knowledge and trivial factoids.
We must bask in the glory of its luminescence.

Just This Guy, Ya Know?

Big Oak said...

The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary lists "especially" as a word. The link is So there, Google and Yahoo are verified.

Good luck with FARATS entries. Our trees are bare now.

RANTWICK said...

Big Oak - I know Rat Trap Press has a "chrlie brown" entry that hasn't been officially submitted... I'm gonna go ask if I should just grab the photo

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