The word moot is an archaic term meaning "argue, debate, discuss." In early English history, a moot was a meeting to discuss local affairs. Moot comes from the Old English gemot, meaning "meeting."
Oh wow, thanks for the link! That's a fascinating article. It's amazing how many writers still don't seem to realize that reality can be interesting. You can talk about the "average" teenager (bad skin, not thin, not necessarily 100% white and straight) and not have it be an "issue" novel. You can talk about or at least allude to realistic college application processes and homework loads without it being boring. People want to read about characters that are going through the same sort of issues they're going through. Very interesting.
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