8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary
"assembly of freemen," mid-12c., from Old English gemot "meeting" (especially of freemen, to discuss community affairs or mete justice), "society, assembly, council," from Proto-Germanic *ga-motan (cf. Old Low Frankish muot "encounter," Middle Dutch moet, Middle High German muoz), from collective prefix *ga- + *motan (see meet (v.)).
"debatable; not worth considering" from moot case, earlier simply moot (n.) "discussion of a hypothetical law case" (1530s), in law student jargon. The reference is to students gathering to test their skills in mock cases.
"to debate," Old English motian "to meet, talk, discuss," from mot (see moot (n.)). Related: Mooted; mooting.
(also moota or mootie or mutah or mu)A marijuana cigarette; joint
[1930s+ Narcotics; fr Mexican Spanish mota, ''marijuana,'' of uncertain origin; since the word also means ''bundle of herbs'' and ''sheaf of hay,'' it seems semantically akin to grass, hay, bale of hay, and herb, all of which are disguising names for marijuana or marijuana cigarettes]