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A Discussion is Moot, not Mute (unless you put it on mute)

Disclaimer:  I am not a grammar/spelling fanatic.  Just thought this information might be useful. [Plus I want to do a short "practice" FanPost to see how it works.]

Here goes:

So, I have read several posts/comments, etc., on various sites and forums where someone says "the discussion is mute." 

However, I think the various writers meant to say "the discussion is moot."

Without getting all dictionary, a discussion is "moot" when circumstances change so drastically that continued discussion is pointless, without value, almost to the point of being illogical.

Example:  if two people are arguing over who owns a pile of sugar and then it rains so that the sugar melts irretrievably away, then the argument has become moot.  An argument about the ownership of nothing is beyond a waste of time, unnecessary, illogical.

Now, on the other hand, maybe a discussion can be mute.  But I would suggest it is better to say "the discussion is on mute" meaning: the discussion rages on, but I am not listening anymore.

[Okay, so let's see how this works; preview then hit the publish.]

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