Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Moot Point

I've seen a couple of episodes/shows recently where they question the phrase "moot point" - one of them being Earl. Earl's simpler brother thinks it must be "mute" point, as in "not worth mentioning" mute. This bothered me a little; and I suspect some people who don't know any different will take this use over the proper term. Not that they'll be reading this blog either (ho hum), but it definitely is moot!

From online dictionary (just the adjective definition quoted):
(adjective form:)
  1. open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful: a moot point.
  2. of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic.