#BadWordWednesday : Discreet v. Discrete


Discreet essentially means “hold your cards close to your chest.”

Discrete essentially means “go to your separate corners.”

Remember this:

In discreet, the two ee’s are like two eyes — what do you really want them to see?

We had to be discreet in planning Mom’s retirement party. 

With discrete, the two ee’s are separated — like a sectional plate at a church bar-be-que.

Kim arranged the wedding guests into three discrete sections: bride’s friends, groom’s friends, and feuding family. 

So, think it through, do you want to keep your subjects secretive or separate; discrEEt or discrEtE?


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