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To want people to know the difference between discrete and discreet?

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Tworingsandamicrowave Tue 16-Aug-16 10:53:15

Have noticed it a few times recently, when 'discrete' has been used in the wrong context and it makes me cross.

Lweji Tue 16-Aug-16 10:54:58

Their are worse things.
Or is it they're?

IwannaSnorlax Tue 16-Aug-16 10:56:35

I'm quite hot on grammar but don't know the difference - please explain! blush

smoothieooo Tue 16-Aug-16 10:57:05

I'm guilty of this. Please could you let me know the difference, once and for all, so I don't use either inappropriately? <not being facetious BTW>

ANewDayANewName Tue 16-Aug-16 10:57:10

Defiantly agree with you

SeaCabbage Tue 16-Aug-16 10:58:32

Well if you want people to know, then you have to tell them. confused

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 16-Aug-16 10:59:00

Everyone should of got this right.

Heru Tue 16-Aug-16 10:59:23

Discrete is a mathematical term meaning separate or not continuous, think about the difference between measuring height and number of counters. Height can be 5, 5.1, 5.23467 etc, counters can only be 1, 2, 3 etc

Discreet is quiet, subtle

I trained as a scientist so this annoys me but not enough to mention :D

NickNacks Tue 16-Aug-16 10:59:36

So you want people to know but you dont go on to explain?! confused

LurkingHusband Tue 16-Aug-16 10:59:57

your not wrong. Their is no excuse.

Lottielou7 Tue 16-Aug-16 11:00:02

YANBU - it's one of those that annoys me.

BreconBeBuggered Tue 16-Aug-16 11:00:11

You should be more discreet with your pedantry, OP.

Welshwabbit Tue 16-Aug-16 11:00:39

Discreet means doing things without making a fuss, unobtrusively (e.g. discreetly cleaning chocolate off your dress, not that that ever happens to me wink ). Discrete means separate or distinct - e.g. dividing a task into discrete areas.

gillybeanz Tue 16-Aug-16 11:01:59

YABU, Why on earth does it make you cross?
You are very lucky to know the difference, it proves you were fortunate enough to have a good education.

YANBU to want to educate people though, so can you explain please, I would like to know.

If I am trying to do something without trying to gain attention, which one would it be? What does the other refer to please?

Milanisabadman Tue 16-Aug-16 11:02:29

Discreet: to be private/carefully quiet or restrained
Discrete: something that is independent (separate) of anything else

QuintessentialShadow Tue 16-Aug-16 11:02:29

I did not know the scientific discrete, so I may have miss pelt.

Bluddy forriner.

pectrini Tue 16-Aug-16 11:03:16

Yanbu. I've noticed this in the last few weeks on here

Destinysdaughter Tue 16-Aug-16 11:03:23

This link has a good explantation.

Essentially discreet means careful, whereas discrete means individual

www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/discreet-discrete/

gillybeanz Tue 16-Aug-16 11:04:09

That clears it up welsh Thank you very much.

See OP, sometimes all you have to do is explain, there's nothing to be cross about.

trulybadlydeeply Tue 16-Aug-16 11:04:57

I'd after agree with you OP.

JenLindley Tue 16-Aug-16 11:05:18

Well thanks for letting us all know the difference OP hmm

LurkingHusband Tue 16-Aug-16 11:07:45

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GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Tue 16-Aug-16 11:11:09

Between you and I wink, I can get a mite wound up over 'disinterested' and 'uninterested', too.

Topseyt Tue 16-Aug-16 11:12:02

I agree with you, OP. That sort of thing irks the hell out of me.

Tworingsandamicrowave Tue 16-Aug-16 11:12:57

Thank you for your replies, especially those who have explained the difference. I wanted to post a link but was unsure of how to do it so my education was obviously not all that, gillybeanz.

I've been bitten to death by mozzies today so generally feeling quite cross, just wanted to post about this particular issue. I thank you!

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