October 2 2012

Discrete vs. discreet

by Barbie in Grammar

If homophones confuse you, don’t worry — you’re not alone! Here’s another pair of words that we frequently see misused:

  • Discrete: Constituting a separate entity; individually distinct
  • Discreet: Having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct/speech

Examples:

  • The voters fell into two discrete groups: Democrats and Republicans.
  • Please be discreet with the information about the surprise party.