Moot and Mute

lightstock_322583_download_medium_angela_It’s time to expand your vocab­u­lary. I had a col­lege pro­fes­sor that required us to make cards of new words every week. By the end of the semes­ter I had a huge stack of cards with words I had nev­er heard of before that time.

One of the words I learned that semes­ter was “moot.” I know you may already know what it means, but I didn’t in my first year of col­lege. In case you are wait­ing with bait­ed breath for what moot means… It can be a verb, a noun, or an adjec­tive. It basi­cal­ly means that it is of lit­tle val­ue. Or it doesn’t mat­ter any­more. It could mean a debate or hav­ing aca­d­e­mic val­ue.

You may be ask­ing your­self what does that word have to do with any­thing?  That’s where expand­ing your vocab­u­lary comes in. I think “moot” is a cool word. But if I tell some­one they have a moot point I want to know I’m real­ly telling them what I want to tell them.

After all, what if I told them they had a mute point? Two dif­fer­ent mean­ings, but such close­ly sound­ing words.

Mute basi­cal­ly means silent. Be sure you don’t mix those two up. Let’s say you are argu­ing your point and it’s a crit­i­cal point in your pre­sen­ta­tion. You tell the oth­er per­son their idea is a mute idea. You just told them their idea is silent. On the oth­er hand if you say, “Your idea is moot.” You are telling them their idea doesn’t mat­ter any­more, usu­al­ly because some­thing else has made their idea irrel­e­vant.

If you have some words you think are cool send them to me in the com­ments. I’d love to hear from you.

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