Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Outlawed Expression: Mute Point

Claire writes:
Dear Snarky,
My new boss often uses the expression 'it's a mute point.' I thought I was just misunderstanding him when he spoke, but he's written it incorrectly in several memos during the past few weeks. Drives me crazy!

Oh, wow. I have to say that I've never run across this error before. But sure enough, when I searched for 'mute point' on Google, some 63,000 listings popped up. Really, people? Really?

This is so utterly, hilariously, ridiculously wrong that I don't even think I should attempt a correction. Instead, I will share this definition from Urban Dictionary:

mute point - addressing the participants of a conference call while your phone is on mute. It was ten minutes before Robert realized that the eloquent argument he made was actually a mute point.


  1. My boss does that mute point almost every day on our daily conference call, but it only lasts a few seconds.

  2. This made me think of one of the great scenes from "Friends" -- which you can see at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkJ4BUChxI.

    Joey: ...this is all a moo point.
    Rachel: Huh. A moo point?
    Joey: Yeah, it's like a cow's opinion. It just doesn't matter. It's moo.

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