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April 28th, 2005

Mute Point

I’m not sure why it happened, exactly, but at one point one of my former bosses started talking about something that was a “mute” point. Not “moot,” but “mute.” He also did this on more than one occasion.

I figured it was just his misunderstanding of the phrase (and never corrected him,) but that isn’t the case: I was reading a blog yesterday that referred to a “mute” point.

The good news is that the Grammar Police are on my side. There is no such thing as a “mute” point – it’s just wrong, really. I like the link from World Wide Words that actually takes the time to hypothesize where the phrase may have originated. But it’s still wrong, so in your face, Grammar Slobs!

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FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday April 28, 2005 -- 8:05:11 am
But there IS a "moo" point, right? It's a cow's opinion.

FROM: paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 28, 2005 -- 9:15:17 am
They're calling than an eggcorn now (also here and here).

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday April 28, 2005 -- 7:07:12 pm
Furthermore, people who are hearing disabled are deaf, not death.

DATE: Thursday April 28, 2005 -- 7:24:26 pm
I accidentally say death instead of deaf all the time, sorry.

DATE: Friday April 29, 2005 -- 9:30:53 pm
Ryan, are you dead, i cant possibly believe you missed a day!??!?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 29, 2005 -- 9:43:07 pm
Ryan, are you dead, i cant possibly believe you missed a day!??!?

Not dead, just with a shoddy net connection while on vacation.

We occasionally miss days or cover for each other, but it's rare.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday April 30, 2005 -- 12:12:42 pm
Ryan didn't die. He's immortal.

FROM: Ontario Emperor [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 1, 2005 -- 1:05:15 am
There is a mute point. Just ask Daniel Miller. He won't be able to tell you what it is, but he knows that there is one. Somewhere.

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