Talk about discreet… Or is that discrete? It would depend upon whether you were discussing behavior versus sorting. Is it a time to be careful in what your character says or how s/he behaves or is your character sorting out clues, creating categories with minute differences?
A Regency romance, well, any historical novel, would likely require discretion, for the character to be discreet whereas a science fiction novel is more likely to consider discrete amounts or types of a thing.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: discrete|
|Part of Grammar:|
Careful and circumspect in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage
Individually separate and distinct
[Mathematics; of a topology or topological space] Having the property that every subset is an open set
[Medicine] Not joined to or incorporated with another
[Statistics; of a variable] Having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
|You can rely on him to be discreet.
We made some discreet inquiries.
I tried a discreet cough to keep from interrupting the speaker.
|Speech sounds are produced as a continuous sound signal rather than discrete units.
There are a finite number of discrete categories.
Integers are discrete values whereas real numbers are continuous.
I prefer discrete fields in my databases.
“For discrete variables, the probability distribution is a plot of the probability of all possible values of a variable (Leung, 42).
|Adjective: discreeter, discreetist, overdiscreet
Adverb: discreetly, overdiscreetly
Noun: discreetness, overdiscreetness
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French discret, which is from Latin discretus meaning separate; it is a past past participle of discernere meaning discern, the sense arising from the late Latin discretio||Same origins as discreet, however, there are discrete differences.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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