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Posted by Ed Stansell on October 25, 2002

In Reply to: "Moot" posted by Bob on October 25, 2002

: : : : It might be interesting, if there is interest enough among your contributors to have category for words that are obscure, archaic, or have had their original meanings changed. For one of these, I give the example of "moot". It is currently used to mean a point or subject not worth discussion. But, according to Webster, it comes from the Middle English meaning opposite to its present use. I believe this change came about from its being used in a facetious manner.

I prefer the dictionary definition myself, but even the news media uses it improperly. Using it correctly is to swim against the current.

: : : : Comments or stones anyone?
: : : : ES

: : : Better revisit your dictionary. Moot means discussable, subject for discussion.

: : It came to mean "of only academic importance" because of its use in law.

: I stand corrected. Maybe I'm stuck in an earlier decade, but I haven't yet been "overtaken" by the newer meaning.

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