Confused about discrete and discreet

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_167These 2 words both come from Latin roots:

  • Discreet comes from discernere, to discern. It means tactful, or unobtrusive.
  • Discrete comes from discretus, separated. It has the same meaning in English, or it can mean distinct.

So the confusion has been going on since Roman times. Remember the difference with this phrase:

The island of Crete is a discrete part of Greece.

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