Moot point, not mute point

Moot point, not mute point

 

If someone makes a point that’s no longer relevant, it’s a moot point, not a mute point.

The term moot came from British law. A moot court was where law students argued hypothetical questions. It can mean something is open to discussion, but it’s likely to remain unresolved.

Mute means unable to speak. If you’d like to prevent someone from making an irrelevant point, you may think of the word mute, but it remains incorrect. The pronunciation differs as well. Moot sounds like a cow mooing, but with a “t” at the end.

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