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Note 112 – Discreet and discrete


There is a distinct (discrete) difference between the words discreet and discrete although (according to the Daily Writing Tips website http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-difference-between-discreet-and-discrete/) “both discreet and discrete derive from the same Latin word discretus” which means separated or distinct. 

DISCREET

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis defines discreet as:

  • Careful
  • Unlikely to attract attention

Examples in sentences:

  • Please try to be discreet; she’s sitting at the next table
  • She discreetly put the letter in the bin

DISCRETE

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis defines discrete as:

  • Separate
  • Individually distinct

Examples in sentences:

  • She wrapped each present discretely.
  • The town house was converted into three discrete apartments 

My thoughts: I’ve used the word ‘discreet’ in my writing before, but I don’t think I’ve ever used ‘discrete’, so I feel like I’ve expanded my vocabulary today.

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Reference list:

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library)

Daily Writing Tips website http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-difference-between-discreet-and-discrete/

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “Note 112 – Discreet and discrete

  1. I feel smarter just for reading this. I had no idea there was a second discreet…. hmmmm. LOL

    Posted by nkeda14 | August 20, 2011, 10:19 pm

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