Vocabulary: Discrete VS Discreet

Discreet implies the showing of reserve and prudence in one’s behavior or speech.

Discrete means something quite different: “distinct, separate and unrelated.”


It originates from Latin word – Discretus (Separated)

Discrete mainly means the expression of something being very Different/Unique and separated.

Used as Verb

To express the meaning of difference

“For making the lesson more easy, they discrete them into various segments”

Used as Adjective

To express the uniqueness of the object

“His ideas were always discrete, regardless of any situation”


It originates from Middle English Discret

Discreet is the word used to express the extreme inclination or support of anything or anybody towards anyone or anything.

Used as Adjective

It is used to indicate if judicious in one’s conduct or speech

“The French language was to be enriched by a development of its internal resources and by discreet borrowing from the Latin and Greek.”


When you differentiate between two things then you use discrete to state the differentiation of both the things

But, when you are reserved or judicious for some person or something, you shall be using discreet to express your reserved attitude towards the person or the things.

RETROSPECT your past, INTROSPECT yourself & SPECULATE a better future

Our state of mind reflects our moods or attitude in life. Sometimes we feel happy and sometimes sad; recalling what we did and what could have happened? In order to annotate these situations, knowing appropriate words is very important. This post shall help you to materialize these words in the following paragraphs.


While looking back and contemplating the past — we sometimes find ourselves wishing that we had done some things differently. Though this word most commonly appears as a noun in the phrase “in retrospect,” it can also be used as a verb.

It’s Origin

The prefix retro- means “back,” and spec is a component of the words inspect, spectator, spectacles, and perspective, among others, all of which have to do with looking or seeing. So it makes sense that retrospect means to look back in time, or to remember

For Example: “To meditate is to retrospect ones deeds”


“to look inside,” and describes the act of thinking about your own actions or inner thoughts. When you examine what you do, say, think or feel and how it affects your life and the lives of others, that’s introspection.

It’s Origin

Intro means “within,” while spec is from the Latin for “look.” So you can tell that the word means the act of “looking within.”

It’s like searching inside in order to understand yourself — what some people mock as “navel gazing.”

For example: Nineteenth-century philosopher William Godwin once said, “The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”


When you speculate, you use what you know to make a prediction about an outcome,

It’s Origin

It is having a Latin origin, speculatus, meaning “to spy out, examine

For Example: After completing his graduation from a foreign university, Mohit Speculated a high paid and prestigious job.

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3 reasons to chase excellence in Email writing

During our Business writing course, we are often asked, how to perfect email or letter writing? Answer to this question is very simple. Do not chase perfection right from first email, rather chase excellence in business writing.

In this fast life, it is difficult to wait for perfect products. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, coca-cola keep on updating their existing ones and keep on introducing new ones. Key to success is excellence and not perfection. If you wait for perfection chances are you will miss the opportunity. Many business people talk about excellence. But, then what is excellence? Pursuing excellence is nothing but creating best possible result within given resources. Next question is why you should chase excellence especially in writing emails.

Wait for perfect opening and miss deadline

Most of the people we meet ask, how to write a perfect opening. The bad news is, if you wait for perfect opening you may not finish the letter in time. Do not strive for perfection. Rather brainstorm – start looking for relevant points, illustrations or anecdotes depending on the type of business document you are writing.

Purpose is important than literary value

Every business document has a purpose. It can be change expected in policies, behaviours, communication etc. After relevant points, you must include “call to action” message which should be loud and clear for the reader. If you focus on literary content more than purpose, and start using thesaurus on every word, you may end up coming across as a confused writer.

Nikhil is a Purchase Manager in Home Appliances Division at an Indian Corporation. He has to reply to at least 150 mails in a day. Most of them are addressed to his suppliers and many to his senior management. He initially used to wait for perfect opening and best possible lexical terms. His mails were for sure were appreciated for freshness, but he could reply to hardly 50 mails in a day. Many of his juniors and suppliers were not happy because of the delay in reply. Moreover, he himself could achieve little more than writing mails and meeting people throughout his busy day. At the end of the week he used leave office late in evening as he was replying to pending emails. In the process, his tired approach was reflected in his mails.

We advised him to change his style of email writing. He not only replies to all of his emails, he leaves office in time. You may find the tips on how to write effective mails here.

Learning curve

After explaining these points with relevant example people start accepting the point that they must focus on the excellence more than anything else. It takes years of writing practice to come up with really good writing skills.


Graph for learning new skills is as shown in image; this is s-shaped curve. Initially we, humans, take a lot of time as our mind tries to stick older concepts or resists learning and adapting to new ideas. As the resistance fades away, learning gathers momentum, paving way for new ideas. It again reaches saturation after some period. This holds true for most of the skills including Email Writing. In order to write better emails you may click here.

We hope this helps you understand why excellence is important. Your likes, comments and shares are always welcome.