What do you moot?

“Moot” is an adjective, a noun and a verb. First, as a verb.

If a mortal “moots” something, he is introducing, suggesting or presenting a point for discussion or debate. Some examples:

  • Mr. Podemos has mooted the possibility of living (…ha discutido la posibilidad de vivir…) in North Korea.
  • Mr. Sánchez has mooted a substantial rise in taxes for everyman and his dog (un dicho = todo el mundo).
  • It has been mooted (se ha sugerido) that the political party PSOE is divided on important issues.
  • I moot that white sugar is poison for your body.

So, if you are preparing for the Cambridge Advanced English exam, instead of saying “I propose that”, “I posit that” (postulo que) or “I suggest that”, an option would be “I moot that”.
Now as an adjective. Some examples:

  • That is a moot point (asunto discutible o cuestión polemica) or “that issue is moot”. Or that is a matter of conjecture.
  • The issue of higher taxes in Spain is becoming a moot point (…esta convirtiendo en algo discutible).

Now as a noun. A moot (junta, asamblea) is a group of people which has political, administrative or judicial powers. A moot is also an argument or discusision, usually in a legal context.

So, no doubt you have mooted many things, which makes you a mooter. You may have attended a moot and mooted political issues, and raised issues using the phrase “I moot that”. You may have asked mortals a question: what do you moot?

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