Moot (adj)

It’s Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day today, so here is a context clues worksheet on the adjective moot. It means, as an adjective, “open to question,” “debatable,” “subjected to discussion,” “disputed,” “deprived of practical significance,” and “made abstract or purely academic.”

This worksheet attempts to elicit from students, from the context, the latter two meanings. Moot, for me at least, was a very tough word to place in context that students are likely to possess the prior knowledge to understand, and therefore to infer the meaning. You’ll find, I think, that the context hews closely to the final definition above, but will probably move students to say “something that isn’t going to happen.”

If ever you felt like commenting on something on Mark’s Text Terminal, I would be interested to hear what you think of this. I would be especially interested to hear if you’ve written stronger context for this word. Nota bene, incidentally, that moot is also used as a verb to mean “to bring up for discussion,” “broach,” and “debate,” (with an archaic definition of “to discuss from a legal standpoint”); moot is also a noun meaning, of all things, “a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice; especially one held by the freemen of an Anglo-Saxon community” (with an obsolete meaning of “argument” and “discussion”).

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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