- The verb stanch means to check or stop the flow of something. The adjective staunch means strong, substantial, or steadfast.
- People talk about a mute point, but the word they want is moot. Mute means remaining silent. A moot point is one that has been deprived of practical significance or made irrelevant by changing circumstances. For example, because your parents’ medical bills depleted their estate, the percentage of your inheritance has become a moot point.
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