specials vs specialties

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whl626

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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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whl626 said:
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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whl626 said:
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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whl626 said:
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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