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Is there anything wrong with the use of "especially" in this sentence?

Since then, his popularity has increased in other countries, especially Russia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

I don't know if to add "in" after especially up there or not. Even with that something seems wrong with the use of especially followed by a list of countries. Anything wrong or is it just me?

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This should probably be migated to English Language Learners. –  J.R. Aug 15 '13 at 9:53
    
It is unusual to use especially before such a long list, but otherwise unobjectionable. –  Brian Hooper Aug 15 '13 at 12:17
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Here's the definitions of especially by Oxford Dictionaries:

1 used to single out one person or thing over all others:
he despised them all, especially Sylvester
a new song, written especially for Jonathan

2 to a great extent; very much:
he didn’t especially like dancing

[as submodifier]:
sleep is especially important in growing children

The example in the question uses the first definition correctly. Usually especially is applied to a single thing, and although several countries are mentioned, it's referring to those countries collectively.

Especially was incorrectly used for comedy effect in The Simpsons:

Sideshow Bob: Madam, your children are no more than a pair of ill-bred troublemakers.

Homer: Lisa too?

Sideshow Bob: Especially Lisa... But especially Bart.

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Moving this to ELL may be a nice idea. –  Kris Aug 15 '13 at 12:52
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