Thursday, February 23, 2017

Word of the day: moot

The word of the day is moot:

verb (used with object)

  1. to present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
1154, from O.E. gemot "meeting" (especially of freemen, to discuss community affairs or mete justice), from P.Gmc. *ga-motan (cf. Old Low Frankish muot "encounter," M.Du. moet, M.H.G. muoz), from collective prefix *ga- + *motan (see meet (v.)).


"The largest of these disease outbreaks were known as cocoliztli (from the word for ‘pestilence’ in Nahuatl, the Aztec language)...

"There has been little consensus on the cause of cocoliztli — although measles, smallpox and typhus have all been mooted."

 - Ewen Callaway, "Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak", 16 February 2017 Nature News (

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