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It's DISCREET, people.

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letsblowthistacostand · 02/10/2009 23:52

Discreet. Discreet. Discreeeeeeeeeet.

Don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does.

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TrillianSlasher · 03/10/2009 11:19

pore 1 (pôr, pr)
intr.v. pored, por·ing, pores

  1. To read or study carefully and attentively: pored over the classified ads in search of a new job.

2. To gaze intently; stare.
3. To meditate deeply; ponder: pored on the matter.
[Middle English pouren.]

You're safe
TigerDrivesAgain · 03/10/2009 11:23

Cheers . I kinda knew I was, but then had that wobble when you just think....

TsarChasm · 03/10/2009 11:27

Practise/practice - I just can't get that embedded in my head at all! You know how some words you have a complete mental block about? I always have to look them up, because I'm never sure and dither about which is which.

It was explained at school, but I didn't understand it at the time and it never sank in

Iklboo · 03/10/2009 11:36

Doctors practise medicine in a doctors' practice

I see breath/breathe a lot too (I can't breath or I can't get my breathe)

nickelbabe · 03/10/2009 11:45

discreet if you're being quiet about something and
discrete if you're separating them: like in maths, you'd have discrete lines meaning they're not together etc. (or: discrete sentences meaning one sentence has nothing to do with the other)

and the reason a stationer is called a stationer is because they started off selling their stuff from a stationary cart.
so it's actually quite funny that the stuff they sell is stationery (meaning from a stationer standing still) phew!

ShutUpandDrinkYourGin · 03/10/2009 11:50

I often see 'tow the line', which surely must be 'TOE the line'. Or perhaps I've been wrong all this time?

I was taught practise is a verb (like advise) and practice is a noun (like advice) like BOF

nickelbabe · 03/10/2009 11:53

it is toe the line, i think it's from the milatary when they had to line up with their toes on the line drawn on the ground.

and you're right about practise/practice too

kickassangel · 03/10/2009 16:34

i admit some things are a bit difficult, like all the choose/chose loose/lose - it's not like we pronounce them all the same, is it?
practice sounds just like practise, but advice sounds different from advise, so it's hard to teach a general rule that can be applied.

there's another one - different FROM & compared TO. am i the only person on the planet who got taught that? my english isn't perfect, i grew up when teaching grammar was out of fashion, but good grief, how can it be different to or compared with?

TigerDrivesAgain · 04/10/2009 21:50

No, it's tow the line ( something to do with pulling boats. I think). But it's not toe the line. Someone will have a nice online dictionary to sort that one out.

Definitely different from but I would I think compare one thing with another, not to another

Quattrocento · 04/10/2009 21:54

It's toe the line, I think

squeaver · 04/10/2009 21:56

Sorry tiger

2. toe the line or mark,
a. to conform strictly to a rule, command, etc.
b. to shoulder responsibilities; do one's duty: He tried hard to toe the line on the new job.

TigerDrivesAgain · 04/10/2009 22:14

Thanks, Squeaver: interesting - it is standing with your toes on the line then? some of these more obscure ones are very interesting indeed.

cattj · 09/10/2009 09:16

I know several people who have trouble with...


"I brought this bread at Tesco."

Lancelottie · 09/10/2009 09:29

KAA -- 'compared to' is when you are saying things are similar (as in summer's days); 'compared with' is fine when you are looking for differences ('it was tuppence from Tescos compared with two guineas from Waitrose'...)

ellipsis · 09/10/2009 09:33

Ignorant as a catch all insult. Gah. It means lacking in knowledge, not stupid or rude.

twirlymum · 09/10/2009 09:39

I hate the misuse of borrow/lend.

'Can you borrow me a pencil?'

No, but I can lend you one.

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