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Discreet and discrete

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By Mary Morel

If you are very good at keeping secrets are you discreet or discrete?

discreet

Discreet means prudent or circumspect; not given to careless talk.

She was very discreet and didn’t reveal his secret.

discrete

Discrete means separate or individual.

The goods are in discrete packages.

Memory jogger

Discreet: two e’s together look like shifty eyes.

Discrete: two e’s are separated by another letter.

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