Page:A Desk-Book of Errors in English.djvu/81

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
This page has been validated.
difference
dissociate
Errors in English

American critics have objected to this use, but in England it is popular.

disappoint: Since disappoint implies frustration or defeat, one cannot be agreeably disappointed; rather agreeably surprised.

discharge. Compare assume.

discreet, discrete: Both words are derived from the Latin discretus, pp. of discerno, dis + cerno, separate, and formerly discreet was also spelt discrete, and even had the meaning of "separate, distinct," which sense now belongs exclusively to discrete. Discreet is used with the signification of "evincing discernment, judicious, prudent."

discern, discriminate: The latter word is often treated as synonymous with distinguish, and there is etymological reason for this, as both words mean to separate, but to discern is to "distinguish by the difference or differences; differentiate." "What we discern we see apart from all other objects; what we discriminate we judge apart, or recognize by some special mark or manifest difference. We discriminate by real differences; we distinguish by outward signs."

disfigure. Compare deface.

disremember: Avoid this term as provincial and archaic, and use forget instead.

dissociate is preferable to disassociate; for associate is from the Latin ad, to, + socius, united, whereas