disgression vs discretion : Common Errors in English

About disgression vs discretion

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.”

discretion Meaning(s)

  • (n) freedom to act or judge on one's own
  • (n) knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  • (n) refined taste; tact
  • (n) the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
  • (n) the trait of judging wisely and objectively

discretion in News

  1. Soldier's wife gets reprieve from looming deportation order

    A Stockton woman who was about to be deported to the Philippines despite being married to a U.S. Army soldier and the mother of a 9-month-old baby was given a reprieve Wednesday by federal immigration officials. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced this afternoon that they were exercising prosecutorial discretion in the case of Karla Gaerlan, 28, canceling a formerly ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KTVU

  2. State argues Goodman defense ‘fanciful’; polo mogul should remain on house arrest, $4M bond

    Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath properly used his judicial discretion by keeping Wellington polo mogul John Goodman on a $4 million bond and house arrest after throwing out his DUI manslaughter conviction, state prosecutors say.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Palm Beach Post

  3. Discretion Advised: Consumer Discretionary Soars

    Is it time for Consumer Discretionary investors to exercise some discretion?
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CNBC

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