Posted by: episystechpubs | January 10, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Discrete vs Discreet

We made it! It’s Friday! What a rude awakening to those of you who got used to being at home snuggled up by the fire, roasting chestnuts and drinking hot cocoa over the holidays. Well, the weekend is coming and I thought I’d choose this couplet from the Merriam-Webster’s 10 Commonly Confused Words: discrete vs. discreet.

Question:

Does the process involve a number of discrete or discreet steps?

Answer:

Discrete

How to remember it:

Try this one: "discrete" means "separate" – so picture the letter "e," divided from its twin in both discrete and separate.

Discreet has an entirely different meaning: it’s often used to describe something not likely to be seen or noticed (e.g., "He made discreet inquiries about the job").

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

www.symitar.com

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