I wondered why when I read that question I was confused. I had to read it twice.
I am not even going to bring up the subject of "mute" points. Well I guess I just did That's another one that irks me.
Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
Often Offensive. Unable to speak.
Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
Expressed without speech; unspoken: a mute appeal.
Law. Refusing to plead when under arraignment.
Not pronounced; silent, as the e in the word house.
Pronounced with a temporary stoppage of breath, as the sounds (p) and (b); plosive; stopped.
Often Offensive. One who is incapable of speech.
Law. A defendant who refuses to plead when under arraignment.
Music. Any of various devices used to muffle or soften the tone of an instrument.
A silent letter.
A plosive; a stop.
1. Law A hypothetical case argued by law students as an exercise. 2. An ancient English meeting, especially a representative meeting of the freemen of a shire. tr.v. , , moots1. a. To bring up as a subject for discussion or debate. b. To discuss or debate. See Synonyms at broach1.
2. Law To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court.
adj.1. Subject to debate; arguable: a moot question. 2. a. Law Without legal significance, through having been previously decided or settled. b. Of no practical importance; irrelevant.
[Middle English, meeting, from Old English mt, gemt.] mootness n. Usage Note: The adjective moot is originally a legal term going back to the mid-16th century. It derives from the noun moot, in its sense of a hypothetical case argued as an exercise by law students. Consequently, a moot question is one that is arguable or open to debate. But in the mid-19th century people also began to look at the hypothetical side of moot as its essential meaning, and they started to use the word to mean "of no significance or relevance." Thus, a moot point, however debatable, is one that has no practical value. A number of critics have objected to this use, but 59 percent of the Usage Panel accepts it in the sentence The nominee himself chastised the White House for failing to do more to support him, but his concerns became moot when a number of Republicans announced that they, too, would oppose the nomination. When using moot one should be sure that the context makes clear which sense is meant.
Thus ends todays nit-picky language lesson.
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