It’s “Moot”, not “Mute”

People come to see me it seems, just to use this word. Then they botch it. Once in my office they try to work the conversation around so they can say “moot”.

Most of the time when they get to that crescendo moment where they get to use the legal term they invariably say “mute”, like the button in the lower right corner of the television remote control.

Example:

tv remote

If the other side gives up then the whole thing is mute, right?

After which I am tempted to merely mouth words but offer no sound to illustrate the errata. But I merely nod and move on.

Errata. Now there is legal term I wished more lay people recognized.

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2 comments on “It’s “Moot”, not “Mute”

  1. M. Geoffrey G. Jones says:

    Another example that I’ve encountered on numerous occasions over the years (from clients and even from some attorneys who should know better) is “quick-claim deed” instead of “quit-claim deed”. Example: “I gave my kids a quick claim deed for my house.” It makes me think of someone dashing off a quick deed to title to real property on the back of a napkin. A smart aleck response would be something like “Well, you better go catch it . . . “.

  2. Mark Patterson says:

    Right. Quick! Sign this!

    Or how about how many different ways to say “subpoena” . My favorite is “Subpeeknee”.

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