Should you spell the word ‘specialty’ or ‘speciality’? We’ll answer that in this article, plus teach you how to use the word in a sentence correctly.
The quick answer is that ‘specialty’ is the only correct way to spell the word in American, Canadian, and even Australian English (which is odd because most Australian English rules follow British standards). The word ‘speciality’ is more common in British English, and it’s typically used as an adjective.
As you've just learned, both spellings of the word are correct. However, using them correctly comes down to what audience you're writing for. American, Canadian, and Australian audiences prefer the former spelling, while British audiences prefer the latter spelling.
There's only a slight difference in the usage of the two words. The definitions vary, but essentially, the words mean pretty much the same thing.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘specialty’ is: “a distinctive mark or quality,” “a special object or class of objects: such as 1) a legal agreement embodied in a sealed instrument, 2) a product of a special kind or of special excellence,” “the state of being special, distinctive, or peculiar,” and “something in which one specializes.”
Some synonyms of the word include:
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘speciality’ is: “a special mark or quality,” “a special object or class of objects,” and “a special aptitude or skill.”
Take a look at a few synonyms of the word:
Now that we know a little more about the word let’s see some examples of how to use it correctly in a sentence.
Now, let’s take a look at how to use ‘speciality’ in a sentence correctly.
To recap, we’ve learned that there’s not really much difference between the words in question, as you can tell by their definitions and their usage in sentences. The only difference is which country each word is used in. For American, Canadian, and Australian audiences, use ‘specialty’ and for British audiences, use ‘speciality.’
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