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The Meaning of the Word “Moot” is Moot

The adjective “moot” means “open to debate.” Yes, really. This is a dramatic difference from its common usage (at least in America), which basically means “not worth debating.” A famous example comes from Rick Springfield’s lyrics in “Jessie’s Girl”: “I wanna tell her that I love her / But the point [...]

The Origins of 10 Food Phrases

If you like a little food etymology with your Sunday brunch, this list is for you.  1. Apple of my eye Way back when, people believed that the eye’s pupil was a solid object and referred to it as an apple. Shakespeare used the phrase in this sense in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, saying “Flower of this [...]