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sissylue: 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.

It's particularly confusing when reading decisions, because it's often used both ways there, and it's not always apparent from context or construction which is meant.

But the original meaning of 'moot' refers to a council to decide justice: (From Merriam-Webster)

moot: n.
1 : a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice; especially : one held by the freemen of an Anglo-Saxon community
obsolete : argument, discussion

At a guess they liked to talk a lot, and often wandered off into irrelevancies... which would certainly describe an awful lot of meetings I've sat through.

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