Saturday, October 6, 2012

disgression/discretion: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Saturday, October 6, 2012

Discretion has to do with being discreet or with making choices. A lot of people hear it and get influenced by the quite different word “digression” which is used to label instances of people wandering off the point. The result is the nonword “disgression.” The expression is “you can do it at your own discretion.”

These expressions are not cast in stone: Paul Brians looks at idiom blends in his latest blog post.

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