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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