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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>

HoratiaWinwood Wed 06-Feb-13 09:28:28

Thumbwitch yes! Breath/breathe on labour threads drives me loopy too.

Thumbwitch Tue 05-Feb-13 22:44:25

I want to add another one! Sooth is not the same as soothe! You soothE your baby, sooth is a noun that means truth (old fashioned) and can be mostly found at the beginning of the word soothsayer these days.

Thumbwitch Tue 05-Feb-13 13:15:58


HoratiaWinwood Tue 05-Feb-13 13:09:42

Thumbwitch - yes, that's the one!

I was thinking it was "wee timeous beastie" which is something quite different. grin blush

Thumbwitch Tue 05-Feb-13 13:01:20

Horatia - you were getting mixed up with "timorously", I believe.

OP, YANBU. And I'm glad you mentioned it.

SauvignonBlanche Tue 05-Feb-13 12:43:12

Seeker, you fell for it! grin

slouchingtowardsBethlehem Sat 02-Feb-13 21:47:18

thanks for enlightening me about timely/timeous - sorry my gratitude was not timeously expressed

landrover Sat 02-Feb-13 10:34:25

Ladies i have an item that is free or for nothing, IT IS NOT FOR FREE!!! when did that phrase start? it is so wrong!

HoratiaWinwood Sat 02-Feb-13 10:24:52

I am corrected. It seems timeous means "early enough", of which the adverb is "timeously", and timely is an adjective meaning "with fortunate timing".

So syntactically they are not interchangeable (one adjective, one adverb) and semantically there is a distinction too.

WilsonFrickett Sat 02-Feb-13 10:22:05

Timely is at a favourable time - a timely warning - timeously is more to do with being in good time for something. Post this timeously to meet the deadline.

13Iggis Sat 02-Feb-13 10:17:01

This! This! Not they.

13Iggis Sat 02-Feb-13 10:16:24

Timeously just means timely or in good time I think? As opposed to timidly.
Not understanding yawn as they is very exciting stuff

YellowAndGreenAndRedAndBlue Sat 02-Feb-13 10:09:36

You are not really being unreasonable, but <yawn>.

Thingymajigs Sat 02-Feb-13 09:58:13

Everyone on this thread would find themselves very busy over on Reddit. There is a growing number of American adults using "on accident" "should of" "I could care less" and "than" when they mean "then".

HoratiaWinwood Sat 02-Feb-13 09:40:51

I think timeously means "in a frightened way" but am ready to be corrected.

slouchingtowardsBethlehem Sat 02-Feb-13 08:41:21

ooo this is my chance to find out:



Do they mean the same thing? Can they be used interchangeably? (and that must be wrong too??? go on, enjoy yourselves and educate me)

Oh and I live with a 12 year old grammar nazi who corrects informational signs that DH tapes helpfully around the house.

For example,

"To open door, roll back mat" (new rug was preventing cupboard door opening and trying to force it was not helping new rug stay new).

was changed to

"Before opening door, please roll back the mat" with copious use of red pencil.

DH was not amused at either grammar nazi or his mother who thought it was funny.

Perhaps he has a career as an editor ahead of him!

Has anyone mentioned the awful

"I'll be with you momentarily"?


"I feel nauseous"

I'm not one to talk though. I use irregardless and "I could care less" wantonly because they tickle me. It is even funnier when someone thinks I don't know any better and corrects me.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 02-Feb-13 08:19:53

Well done OP - that's at least 5 people on this thread converted to the cause of Rightness, not to mention all the lurkers. A good evening's work.

Do we think disinterested/uninterested needs its own thread? It's been done before but it's going to take years of dedicated work to make headway into the tide of Wrongness.

limitedperiodonly Sat 02-Feb-13 08:16:42

Why, thank you apostropheuse

People who mix up disingenuous with naive. Particularly because it's always used in an insult which just makes the insulter look silly.

Bossybritches22 Sat 02-Feb-13 08:09:21

ahhhhhh <slips into pedantry heaven>

Lose/Loose next on my list too grin

Along with the sign for the lift to the Piccadilly line at Earls Court tube station

"The next lift shall be lift number 4" The nice lady recording says it too.

The person banging he head on the lift wall is probably me.

conantg Sat 02-Feb-13 08:07:52

And you keep things in kitchen drawers. Not draws!!!

seeker Sat 02-Feb-13 08:06:27

Ahhhhgggggggg- just noticed you, SauvignonBlanche- how very dare you!

seeker Sat 02-Feb-13 08:04:44

And disinterested and uninterested are completely different words. Grrrrrrrrr!

conantg Sat 02-Feb-13 07:59:08

Yesterday I was given a receipt in the Post Office which contained the word "seperate".

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