[Ads-l] mute point

wh5mith wh5mith at BELLSOUTH.NET
Sat Oct 8 18:49:33 EDT 2016


Isn't a "moot point" a "mute point"?
Bill Smith
 A brilliant casuist disproved every false generalization. He is justly known lately. Moreover, no pompous quibbler really said that useful verities were xenophobic yet zealous. 

    On Saturday, October 8, 2016 5:36 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
 

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> On Oct 8, 2016, at 2:05 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wro=
te:
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> A lawyer friend informs me that many younger lawyers in Nashville have
> taken to saying "a mute point."
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> 22,000,000 raw Googlits.

you should know, as a professional lexicographer, that there are sources of=
 information about such things -- in this case, a source (the eggcorn datab=
ase) easily available on the net.

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/41/mute/
(from 1/12/05)

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