How widespread geographically is the second noun? A Google search for "her moot" only turns up <500 hits, only a handful of which have the meaning "vagina", which suggests it isn't common. I've heard it here in NSW, Australia. Who else has heard it?
Also, etymology? Borrowed from Swedish (or Old Norse), or common inheritance, or coincidence? --Ptcamn 22:02, 17 December 2005 (UTC)
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Is it worth mentioning that it's also the online name of the owner/admin of 4chan.org?
22.214.171.124 02:51, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
Distribution of the meaning "pointless"
I hear this all the time in the UK. I don't think these meanings are North American.
- That's odd, because I've never heard the American usage here in the UK. 126.96.36.199 14:42, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
Unclear geographical reference "rural northern dialects"
The Etymology 2 verb section has the following Usage notes:
- In rural northern dialects, usually used together with the verbs mell and spell, where moot is used instead of talk and say; mell used instead of speak and converse; and spell instead of tell and relate. The verb moot in the sense to talk, say, utter etc., is part of an informal in-group speak or register wherein speakers (mostly of northern dialects) use this and the above-mentioned words when talking with one another and when talking with outsiders or strangers they, usually, only use the words like say, talk, speak etc.. For example, if a mother is talking with her child she is much more likely to use words like moot, mell and spell, however if she is speaking with a stranger from the South she is extremely unlikely to use such words. Also, such words are usually considered taboo in formal contexts.
This doesn't clearly explain where in the world it is talking about, the clues are:
- rural northern dialects
- mostly of northern dialects
- stranger from the South
- somewhere where people have children
- somewhere where there are sometimes formal contexts
Could a resident of those rural northern areas of Bermuda or Northern Ireland please clear up which of the two it is? I presume it's one of those two.