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    #1

    to her credit and discredit

    Dear experts,

    What does 'to one's credit and discredit' mean?

    'She had several marriages to her credit and discredit'

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    #2

    Re: to her credit and discredit

    Additional context might be helpful, but the phrase does seem to contradict itself.

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    #3

    Re: to her credit and discredit

    It must have been taken from Agatha Christie's 'At Bertram's Hotel'.
    At Bertram's Hotel-2

    I think it means that the fact that she had been married twice could be interpreted to her advantage or to her disadvantage.

    NB: I am NOT an English teacher.


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    Re: to her credit and discredit

    She had several marriages to her credit [as in an entry in an account recording a sum received] and discredit [the marriages (and by implication the divorces) reflect badly on her character and reputation]

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    #5

    Re: to her credit and discredit

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    She had several marriages to her credit [as in an entry in an account recording a sum received] and discredit [the marriages (and by implication the divorces) reflect badly on her character and reputation]
    That makes sense. WTG!*

    Thanks, Anglika!

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    #6

    Re: to her credit and discredit

    I think Anglika's right on the money* too. Perhaps, though, for a full understanding of the context we'd better defer to our resident Agatha Christie expert - Delmobile.

    b

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    #7

    Re: to her credit and discredit

    Thanks, Bob :) Yes, Anglika is exactly right - it's a gentle little joke. Mrs. Christie's work contains a wry humor that in my opinion contributes to her lasting popularity as much as her intricate plotting.

    [native speaker & writer, not a teacher]

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