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    specials vs specialties

    What is the main difference between these two words ?

    Is it correct to ask in a restaurant ' What are your restaurant specialties ' to mean the famous dishes here ?

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    Yes. Say, "What is your special?" (The dish of the day.) Or say, "What are your specialties?" (The dishes the restaurant specializes in.)

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    Then ' special ' and ' specialty ' are interchangeable ?

    What is your special / specialty :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Then ' special ' and ' specialty ' are interchangeable ?

    What is your special / specialty :)
    Waiter! What's the special today? (What's the special on the menu today? What's not the usual fare?)

    Waiter! What's the specialty here? (What's the chef's specialty? What does she cook the best?)

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    I am really not used to words or sentences in a short form :). The clears up the mess. Thanks :)

    Oops one more thing. Specialty and speciality are the same right, ? I believe ' speciality used in Britain whereas the other in the US or else where ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Then ' special ' and ' specialty ' are interchangeable ?

    What is your special / specialty :)
    Cas already explained it, but perhaps I can add my two cents. :wink:

    A restaurant's specialty is something that they do all the time and, presumably, better than other people. A special is "special" for that day.

    (Thanks, Cas.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    I am really not used to words or sentences in a short form :). The clears up the mess. Thanks :)

    Oops one more thing. Specialty and speciality are the same right, ? I believe ' speciality used in Britain whereas the other in the US or else where ?
    Yes, but as noted below, speciality is chiefly British.



    (Note: elsewhere is one word.)

    :)

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