Thursday, July 4, 2013

Misused words: "Discrete"

"Discrete" is not the same as "discreet".

"Discrete" means "separate". A camera lens looks like a single piece of glass, but it is normally made up of several "discrete" elements.

"Discreet" means "careful" or "circumspect", especially about imparting information to someone else. When you attend a closed meeting, you are likely to be "discreet" about it.

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