"extremely moot"

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Apr 21 13:20:59 UTC 2005

"Moot" means arguable, open to debate, extremely moot
- extremely arguable; that the Essenes lived at Qumran
is not accepted as fact by the writer.  A law school
Moot Court is a place for debate, not a place for
stating foredrawn conclusions, but because they
usually debate cases that have been decided, the
outcomes of the arguments have no weight, therefore
the secondary - somewhat contradictory -  meaning of
"moot" as not significant.

--- Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU> wrote:
> I read a claim that whether Essenes lived at Qumran
> was "extremely moot." That
> collocation struck me as odd, not only because
> Essenes lived at Qumran, but
> because it seemed to urge irrelevance, to mix
> indifference and warning. Google
> tells me the collocation isn't new. Any thoughts?
> Stephen Goranson

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