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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>

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 30-Jan-13 23:15:32

Given that we are educating tonight can I also add that its not wise to leave bastard arse tiny bits of Lego on the fucking stairs.

Thank you, as you were

BluelightsAndSirens Wed 30-Jan-13 23:16:23

Yes to of instead of have <sigh>

gimmecakeandcandy Wed 30-Jan-13 23:16:33

And no bleedin' space between the dots and the words please...

BluelightsAndSirens Wed 30-Jan-13 23:18:12

Yes as in I agree of is rubbish in place of have...

sparklyjumper Wed 30-Jan-13 23:18:20

stationery because it has an E for envelope

Salmotrutta Wed 30-Jan-13 23:18:24

OMG - I put a space...

<runs away from gimmecake>

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 30-Jan-13 23:18:30

This is true. Although one might choose to breastfeed discretely from onlookers, in order to demonsrate that one is a discreet person.

Nagoo Wed 30-Jan-13 23:21:31

Can someone tell Boots? Their maternity pads are discrete. Maybe they are individually wrapped.

I've been annoyed about this in the aftermath of two births, 3 years apart. I'm always a bit busy at the time I see it though, for some reason.

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Wed 30-Jan-13 23:21:33

Is it safe to admit I have learnt two things on this thread?

I'm an English teacher

<hangs head in shame>

MsVestibule Wed 30-Jan-13 23:22:39

Wise words sock <nods sagely>

OP, YANBU. I mentally correct everything I ever read. It's not that I'm judging people for not being as good at English as what I am wink but I just can't help but notice. Never been to Pedants Corner; think it would make me even more unbearable than I already am.

apostropheuse Wed 30-Jan-13 23:23:35


You've left me wondering what you've learnt!

ThePathanKhansWitch Wed 30-Jan-13 23:23:58

Ellipsis,eh? ...I,ve told dd they mean... wait and see blush.

Thankyou for discreet/discrete,I had no idea.

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 30-Jan-13 23:28:42

I think that ten (or twelve) discrete pads would be more useful (and hygienic) in the long term than one merged super-pad! grin

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Wed 30-Jan-13 23:32:01

I'm not admitting it Apostropheuse!

Rest assured I do know how to use apostrophes though smile

GeorgianMumto5 Wed 30-Jan-13 23:33:56

I just laughed out loud at the rogue Lego advice.

I remember learning the word 'discrete' in a GCSE maths lesson. Initially, I thought we were doing covert sums. I was genuinely surprised when the teacher explained.

Can we also cover 'etc.'? It's not, 'ect', folks! Stop littering your facebook posts with 'ect'!

hellsbells76 Wed 30-Jan-13 23:35:33

learned not learnt <runs and hides>

WilsonFrickett Wed 30-Jan-13 23:36:29

Atruth I hope it's not about ellipsis. Because that poster was wrong ...

gimmecakeandcandy Wed 30-Jan-13 23:39:10

No! No... Arghh! No space!

bran Wed 30-Jan-13 23:42:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dearcathyandclare Wed 30-Jan-13 23:43:07

I am so appalled that I didn't know this, bit I did know that a pArked cAr is stationAry ( see what I did there!)

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Wed 30-Jan-13 23:43:11

I already know this, thanks to MN and the MN pedants. grin

I also now know how to spell definitely.

MN is very educational.

TapselteerieO Wed 30-Jan-13 23:43:40

So when The noun form of “discreet” is “discretion”, as most people use correctly. However, the noun form of “discrete” is not “discretion”, but rather “discreteness”, which often causes yet another grammatical blunder associated with discrete/discreet.

Both “discreet” and “discrete” derive from the Latin “discretus”, meaning “separate, situated, put apart”, which in turn derives from the Late Latin “discernere”, which is also where we get the word “discern”. “Discretus” then gave rise to the Old French “discret”, meaning “sensible, intelligent, wise”, which by the 17th century became “discreet” and came to mean as it does today, “prudent, careful, reserved"

My head hurts, I have had a very stressful and upsetting day...

IHeartKingThistle Wed 30-Jan-13 23:43:52

I accept no responsibility for any advice given on ellipsis. Or Lego.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Wed 30-Jan-13 23:44:36

I still haven't mastered apostrophes though...... one thing at a time wink

IHeartKingThistle Wed 30-Jan-13 23:46:11

Niiiiiiice, Tapsel!

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