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

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IHeartKingThistle Wed 30-Jan-13 22:52:24

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


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.

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 30-Jan-13 22:55:11


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!

IHeartKingThistle Wed 30-Jan-13 22:58:27

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


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


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

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 30-Jan-13 23:07:09


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 ...

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 30-Jan-13 23:13:26

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.

lurkedtoolong Wed 30-Jan-13 23:15:12

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...


Drives me nuts!

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