“Whatever you write, write like you.”
– R.J. Tomlin
Discrete: adjective. Detached from others; separate.
There are six discrete chapters to the textbook.
Two discrete homework assignments are due by Friday.
Discreet: adjective. Cautious about one’s conduct or speech.
He was discreet in his mannerisms. Her discreet tone of voice was serious.
Let’s stop here for a moment. Look at the words again:
Notice that the T is the letter moving around. That’s a clever way to remember these words.
Loath: adjective. Unwilling; reluctant.
I was loath to leave her alone. He was loath to admit his mistake.
Loathe: verb. To feel intense disagreement or disgust.
The child loathed eating his Brussel sprouts. He loathes driving in rush hour traffic.
The easiest way to remember loath vs. loathe is this:
Loathe is a verb. As is clothe and bathe. The ending, t-h-e, is what they have in common.