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    what is Mute Point?

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    Re: Idiom

    Mute means silent or dumb.

    The expression whose meaning you are searching is moot point

    Moot means literally 'open to debate' so moot point means a subject or statement that is open to debate or argument.

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    Re: Idiom

    Thanks for replying Dave! I wanted to know about 'Mute' Point

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    The expression 'mute' point doesn't exist. But it is often confused with moot point.

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    Re: Idiom

    Hi neerapsachdeva,

    I back up the arguments of Dave Mortimer using the following words which you could find alone in the Internet.

    “Moot” is a very old word related to “meeting,” specifically a meeting where serious matters are discussed. Oddly enough, a moot point can be a point worth discussing at a meeting (or in court)—an unresolved question—or it can be the opposite: a point already settled and not worth discussing further. At any rate, “mute point” is simply wrong, as is the less common “mood point.”

    But what’s this about a “mute point”? As an acquaintance reports to me, some people say this thinking it means, “Let’s put the mute button on and cease any discussion on this.” There is an expression “to stand mute of malice”.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the term evolves this way to become correct? After all, with the ubiquity of remote controls and mute buttons, a “mute point” may make more sense than a “moot point” to someone who’s not a lawyer.

    For today, however, it’s wrong. Say “moot point” and try not to stick a “y” sound in there.


    Last edited by vil; 21-Feb-2008 at 11:35.

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