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I think I may be older than you, and the definition of moot that I knew has always been "of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic.

Hmmm. Well I came to understand "moot" to mean debatable, or susceptible to argument from more than one side, in law school - as in "moot court". But I noticed, that with the exception of law school, it is almost universally used to mean the exact opposite - no point in talking about it. I always figured it was just one of those words that meant one thing to lawyers and another thing to normal people; much the same way that certain words mean one thing to scientists and something entirely different to non-scientists.
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