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Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's mooted not muted!



The Ents meet to have a discussion, not stand there in silence!


Agent Triple P had an email from someone in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this week who used the word "muted" when what he meant to write was "mooted".  Frankly, he should have known better!  We see this error increasingly frequently and it drives us mad!  They aren't even pronounced in the same way!

For the record, "muted" means quietened or silenced and "mooted" means put forward for discussion.  It's from the early Scandinavian and Germanic words for a meeting or assembly (variously mote, møde, möte, mót etc.). Anyone who has read or seen The Lord of the Rings will be familiar with the Entmoot.

Argh!!!

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  1. I see this almost as much as "rational" when they mean "rationale". *sigh*

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