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I've always found it interesting that there are two substantially different interpretations of the adjective moot, most commonly found in the phrase "a moot point." One takes it as meaning 'debatable, arguable,' and the other 'academic, not worth taking seriously.' The AHD has a good summary of the history in its usage note:The adjective moot is originally a legal term going back to the 1500s.
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