June 18, 2016
especially (adverb)
\is-PESH-uh-lee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : specially2 a : in particular : particularly b : for a particular purpose 3 — used as an intensive
How do you use it?
"‘Mrs. Granger, you have so many dictionaries in this room, and that huge one especially . . . where did all those words come from? Did they just get copied from other dictionaries? It sure is a big book.'" (Andrew Clements, _Frindle_)
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Which language do you think "especially" comes from?

English speakers adopted "especially" from Anglo-French, the French language used in Medieval England. But we can trace it back further to the Latin "species," which means "kind or sort" and which English speakers adopted with the same meaning. Not surprisingly, "special" shares this Latin origin as does "specialty." But "especially" has some less obvious relatives, too. This is because the Latin "species" comes from the Latin word "specere" meaning "to look." "Specere" is at the root of many other "especially" relatives, including "inspect," "expect," and "respect."
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