to discreetly mention that 'discreet' has a discrete meaning from 'discrete'?

(147 Posts)

The one you want for breastfeeding is 'discreet.'

'Discrete' means 'separate from'.

As you were. Except for, you know, the discrete thing.

No wish to offend!
<runs away>

HoHoHoNoYouDont Wed 30-Jan-13 22:53:40

Run faster! grin

Piffpaffpoff Wed 30-Jan-13 22:53:50

YANBU!

Adamit Wed 30-Jan-13 22:53:53

every day's a school day! i embarrassingly didnt realise discrete was actually a word ... thought it was a mispelling.

YANBU

Can I also point out that alternative and alternate don't mean the same thing.

SanityClause Wed 30-Jan-13 22:56:01

There is a pedants' corner for the likes of us you, you know!

Sunnywithshowers Wed 30-Jan-13 22:56:29

YANBU and fist bump

brumblebee Wed 30-Jan-13 22:57:47

I only got these two sorted out recently. Someone told me that each e in discrete is separate to match the meaning. Discrete: separate or distinct!

Sanity, I know, but I'd be preaching to the converted in there!

wannabedreams Wed 30-Jan-13 22:58:59

well you learn something new every day... thanks :D

plantsitter Wed 30-Jan-13 23:00:49

Ooh ooh a chance to tell everyone my way to remember which is which. 'Crete' is an island... all alone. Gedditt??

Salmotrutta Wed 30-Jan-13 23:01:18

Yay!!

I "heart" IHeartKingThistle- grin

JustAHolyFool Wed 30-Jan-13 23:02:36

Yes, in schools, we teach a discrete phonics session every day.

It doesn't mean that we do it on the sly.

apostropheuse Wed 30-Jan-13 23:04:09

YANBU OP

Strangely, akissisnotacontract I was about to post about alternate and alternative too.

I received an e-mail at work today from someone who wanted me to suggest some alternate dates for a meeting! I resisted the urge to correct her query - by not responding as yet. I probably shouldn't say anything.

blackeyedsusan Wed 30-Jan-13 23:04:10

step away from the button olivia/helen/rebecca... at least leave it here for a bit before it gets shifted! grin

YANBU

jjuice Wed 30-Jan-13 23:07:29

I think I love you

hellsbells76 Wed 30-Jan-13 23:09:11

THANK YOU. Can we do 'lose' v 'loose' now too please?

sparklyjumper Wed 30-Jan-13 23:09:16

Rule to remember it. ee for feeding.

BluelightsAndSirens Wed 30-Jan-13 23:10:24

Oh goodness I thought it was just me.

At work we are emailed weekly for our stationary orders <sits on hands>

BluelightsAndSirens Wed 30-Jan-13 23:12:58

loose as in it was so loose I feared I would lose it?

Salmotrutta Wed 30-Jan-13 23:13:00

Should of put your hard hat on OP in readiness for the "pedant" accusations ...

DD and DS3 have just had stationary/stationery as their spelling words (including knowing when to use which) as well as rein/reign/rain, current/currant etc.

Well, I'm a pedant and always thought that discrete was just bad spelling. Good old MN

gimmecakeandcandy Wed 30-Jan-13 23:15:29

Only three dots for the points of ellipsis...

Not four, five or however many you fancy...

Just THREE!

Drives me nuts!

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