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Postby JR8 » Wed, 14 May 2014 11:49 am

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dis·cre·tion [dih-skresh-uhn] noun
1. the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
2. the quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.

in·dis·cre·tion [in-di-skresh-uhn] noun
1. lack of discretion; imprudence.
2. an indiscreet act, remark, etc.

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Surely ‘up to our discretion’ is what you mean; i.e. ones own judgement? ‘Up to your indiscretion’ makes no sense, it is not anything a native speaker would say (unless an attempt at some highly ironic or witty reverse-meaning play on words). I’d suggest 99.99%+ of people would not understand what you meant. In common usage ‘indiscretion’ is -> accidently calling your boss a wan***, then realising he’s standing right behind you and heard it - Or getting completely pi****, and trying to chat up your girlfriends mother, while your girlfriend has gone for a quick shower.

however, I will be obliged to believe that the following assertion is true."


This sounds like something out of Charles Dickens, or Oliver Twist! ‘I say good sir, one finds oneself coerced into believing what one might otherwise have preferred not to have to’.

You're trying to 'over-ponce' your English, and you're beyond your limits. The result is you're misusing 'long words', and IMHO it just looks rather affected, and undermines the whole.

HTH

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Postby BedokAmerican » Sun, 18 May 2014 9:32 pm

Ok, speaking of Singapore turning out "robots," I saw a little boy today who appeared to be about age 5 wearing a shirt with a giant R on it. On top of the R it said "ROBOT." I don't know if that's a brand of clothing or not, but the poor kid was pretty expressionless.


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