Bard of Breaking News (Breaking Bard)

Here’s a quick word nerd tip on how to remember the difference between two sound-a-like words:  discreet and discrete.


When these words are said in a broadcast script these words sound the same – but you need to be careful when writing these words especially in graphics or strap-lines.

That’s why even people working in TV need to know how to spell sound-a-like words – and as a sub on a TV news show I see many mistakes. I don’t bother correcting the mistakes if the words are to be said – but these words can be a problem if the words are to be read by the viewers – graphics/ strap lines etc.

I had a great teacher who made lessons memorable and visual. He used “corny” humour – but his lessons stuck!

An easy way to remember the discrete/discreet difference:

Just remember the Es in the two…

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